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Full text of "Roxbury Community College Student Handbook 2012-2013"

— Student Handbook 

- \ 2012-2013 



Message From the Vice President 




Welcome to Roxbury Community College, Gateway to the 
dream! 

You are about to embark on a life-changing experience as 
you pursue your academic and career goals at RCC. The 
faculty and staff are committed to providing you with the 
highest quality of instruction and services to meet your 
needs. 



The richness of the RCC experience is unlike that of any other community 
college in Massachusetts. Our ethnically and internationally diverse student 
population, for example, represents more than 50 nationalities and makes RCC 
a true microcosm of contemporary society. 

Roxbury Community College has many resources and services to help you 
achieve you educational goals. Easily accessible by public or private 
transportation, RCC offers a pleasant learning environment and state-of-the-art 
facilities. 

This Student Handbook provides detailed information about what RCC has to 
offer, as well as College policies and procedures. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you. Best 
wishes as you begin your Roxbury Community College experience. 




Sincerely, 

Dr. Stephanie C. Janey 

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs 

Administration Building 2, Room 202 

(617)541-5303 

sjaney@rcc.mass.edu 



Mission Statement 



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The primary mission of Roxbury Community College is to facilitate 

the success of our students in achieving their educational goals. 

RCC is a comprehensive, multicultural, urban, student-centered, 

and open-access community college, providing learning 

opportunities for all who may benefit. The College serves the 

educational needs of Roxbury, surrounding communities and other 

diverse populations in the Commonwealth. We believe that all 

students, given the appropriate resources, have the ability to reach 

their full potential. The College is therefore committed to helping 

our students enhance the quality of their lives and our \ 1 

communities. 

Roxbury Community College offers quality post-secondary 
education in developmental academic skills, the liberal arts and 
sciences, career and transfer programs, workforce development, 
and private and public sector training. RCC grants associate 
degrees and certificates, affording its students a solid foundation 
for college transfer, employment, professional advancement, and 
life-long learning. 



Table of Contents 



Message From the Vice President Inside Cover 

Mission Statement 1 

Academic Calendar 4 

Directory of Offices and Services 6 

Frequently Asked Questions 7 

Academic Support Resources and Services 12 

Academic Advising Center 12 

Assessment/Testing 12 

Tutoring 13 

Writing Center 13 

Math Clinic 13 

Academic Policies 14 

Academic Honors 14 

Grades 14 

Leave of Absence 16 

Honors Program 16 

Repeat Policy 16 

Withdrawal Policy 17 

RCC Academic Standing Policy 18 

Graduation Requirements 20 

Athletics 21 

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (RLTAC) Membership 21 

Business Office 22 

Payment - Tuition and Fees 22 

' \ Refund Policy 22 

Tuition Waivers 23 

„ College Resources and Services 24 

Bookstore 24 

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Campus Security 25 

Career/Internships 25 

Transfer 25 

Health Services 31 

Disability Services 32 

Library 33 

Lost and Found 34 

Parking 34 

Public Telephones 34 

Public Transportation 34 

Student I.D 35 

MyPasswords 35 

RCC Student E-mail 36 

MyRCC 37 

Moodle 38 

Turnitin 39 

Financial Aid 40 

How to Apply 40 

Eligibility Requirements 40 

Priority Deadlines 41 

Title IV Refund Policy 41 

Appeals Process 42 

Employment 42 



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Alternative Financing 42 

Individual Assistance 43 

A Second Associate Degree 43 

Academic Standards for Financial Aid Eligibility 43 

Institutional Policies 46 

Affirmative Action 46 

Building Evacuation Procedure in an Emergency 46 

Children on Campus 47 

Computer Policy 47 

CORI Policy 51 

SORI Policy 52 

Sexual Harassment 52 

Registrar 54 

Attendance 54 

Auditing 54 

Change of Academic Major 55 

Change of Name and/or Address 55 

Enrollment Certification 55 

Loan Deferment Certification 55 

Transfer Credits 55 

Transcript Requests 56 

Veterans Counseling 56 

Senior Citizens 56 

Office of Student Life and Student Engagement 57 

Clubs and Organizations 57 

Bulletin Boards 57 

Student Government Association 58 

Student Lounge/Game Room 58 

International/Multicultural Student Institute 58 

Mentoring for Success 58 

Student Rights and Responsibilities 59 

Student Code of Conduct 59 

Steps to Promoting Positive Classroom Atmosphere 66 

Roxbury Community College Good Neighbor Policy 67 

Drug and Alcohol Policy 67 

Chapter 151C. Fair Educational Practices 68 

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 68 

Grievance Policy 70 

Hazing 76 

Right to Protest 78 

Policy on Audio/Video Recording in the Classroom 78 

Smoking 79 

Tips for Students 80 

Managing Your Day 80 

Long-Term Planning - Plan Ahead 81 

Managing Your Tasks 81 

Successful Classroom Strategies 82 

Test Taking Skills 83 

Test Taking Strategies 83 

Writing Resource Guide 84 

Writing Strategies 85 

RCC Assignment Calendar 87 

Roxbury Community College Campus Map 141 



Academic Calendar 




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Fall 2012 

August 30 & 31 Professional days for advising 

September 3 Labor Day Holiday 

September 4 Faculty Institute/All College Meeting 

September 5 First day of classes/day and evening 

September 12 Add deadline 

September 15 Drop deadline 

October 1 Autumn Access begins 

October 8 Columbus Day Holiday 

October 9 Autumn Access Add/Drop deadline 

October 15-20 Mid-term exams 

October 25 Mid-term grades due 

November 5 Application deadline for December 2012 Degree completion 

November 11 Veterans Day Holiday 

November 12 Veterans Day Holiday observed 

November 13 Withdrawal deadline 

November 21 No evening classes/Thanksgiving break begins at 5:00p.m. 

November 22-25 Thanksgiving Break 

November 26-30 Pre-registration for spring semester 

December 13 Last day of classes for evening classes 

December 14 Last day of classes for day classes 

December 14 Autumn Access ends 

December 15 DCE exams for Saturday classes 

December 17 Reading day for day classes 

December 17 DCE exams for Monday classes 

December 18-21 Final Exams 

December 25 Christmas Day - College closed 



Spring 2013 



January 1 New Year's Day - College closed 

January 10-11 Professional days for advising 

January 14 Faculty Institute/All College Meeting 

January 15 First day of classes/day and evening 

January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - College closed 

January 23 Add deadline 

January 26 Drop deadline 

February 11 Spring Access begins (Spring Access ends May 2) 

February 18 Washington's Birthday Holiday - College closed 

March 4-9 Mid-term exams 

March 12 Application deadline for May 2013 Graduation 

March 15 Mid-term grades due > 

March 18-24 Spring Break 

April 1 Withdrawal deadline 

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April 15 Patriots Day Holiday - College closed 

April 22-26 Pre-registration for summer and fall semester 

May 2 Last day of classes/day and evening 

May 3 Reading Day 

May 4-9 Final Exam period 

May 17 Commencement 

May 21-22 Faculty Professional Days 



Summer 2013 



May 27 Memorial Day Holiday - College close 

May 28 Summer Session I classes begin 

June 7 Monday classes held to make-up for Memorial Day 

June 28 Last day of Summer Session I 

July 1-3 Classes are not in session - College open 

July 4 Independence Day Holiday - College close 

July 5 Classes are not in session - College open 

July 8 Summer Session II classes begin 

August 9 Last day of Summer Session II 



Directory of Offices and Services 



Department Location (617) Phone Number Ext. 
Main Number 1234 Columbus Avenue 427-0060 

Academic Affairs 301 Administration Building . .541-5304 

Academic Advising 219 Academic Building 541-5327 

Administration & Finance 210 Administration Building . .541-5339 

Assessment & Testing 102 Student Center 708-3626 

Athletics Reggie Lewis Track 541-3535 

Bookstore 111 Academic Building 442-8150 

Business Office 213 Administration Building . .541-5321 

Campus Security 109 Academic Building 541-5338 

Career Development 207 Academic Building 933-7455 

Continuing Education 106 Academic Building 541-5306 

Corporate & Community Education 101 Administration Building . .933-7490 

Dean for Academic Technologies 207 Academic Building 933-7439 

Dean of Enrollment Management 102 Administration Building . .933-7412 

Dean of Institutional Research & Planning 311 Administration Building . .541-5373 

Dean of Health Science 300 Student Center Building .427-0060 x5217 

Dean of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 301 Academic Building 427-0060 x5177 

Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math 401 Academic Building 541-5362 

Dean of Student Success 207 Academic Building 933-7450 

Development & Alumni Affairs 306 Administration Building . .541-5394 

Disability Services 207 Academic Building 708-3562 

Early Childhood Education 353 Academic Building 708-3581 

English 301 Academic Building 541-5314 

Enrollment Center 102 Administration Building 

Admissions 541-5310 

Registrar 541-5320 

Enrollment Management/Student Affairs 202 Administration Building . .541-5303 

ESOL 201 Academic Building 541-5311 

Financial Aid Office 201 Administration Building . .541-5322 

GED 102 Student Center 708-3628 

Health Sciences 311 Student Center Building .708-3800 

Health Services 313 Student Center Building .427-0060 x5030 

Humanities 353 Academic Building 541-5314 

Information Technology 333 Academic Building 427-0060 x5555 

Internship and Tech Prep 219 Academic Building 933-7434 

Library 211 Academic Building 541-5323 

Media Arts Center Media Arts Building 541-5380 

Office of Student Life and Student Engagement . . .353 Academic Building 541-5332 

Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 1350 Tremont Street 541-3535 

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math 401 Academic Building 541-5317 

Student Government Association 353 Academic Building 427-0060 x5332 

The Learning Center 207 Academic Building 541-5324 

The Writing Center 203 Academic Building 427-0060 x5491 

Transfer Services 219 Academic Building 427-0060 x5565 

Refer to Campus Map on page 141 




Frequently Asked Questions 



Books 

Where do I get my books? 

The bookstore is located in the Academic Building on the first floor. The bookstore is 
open extended hours during the first few weeks of school. See bookstore for details. 
(see page 24) 

Bills 

Where do I pay my bills? 

The Business Office, located in the Administration Building, Room 213. 

What happens if I don't pay my bill on time? 

You will not be able to register for the upcoming semester. 

Health Insurance Waiver 

Where do I take my Health Insurance Verification Forms? 

Health Insurance Waivers must be completed online. 
Please log onto: www.commonwealthstudent.com 

Registration 

How many classes should I take to be considered a full-time student? 

At least 12 credits, or four 3-credit courses. 

Parking 

Do I need a parking sticker for my car? 

Yes. You can obtain one in the Campus Security Office (Academic Building, Room 
109) with a valid Roxbury Community College student ID, license, and current 
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Financial Aid 

How do I apply for financial aid? 

Contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance in completing the Free Applications for 
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.edu.gov. 

What happens to my financial aid if I fail or withdraw from classes for which I 
am registered? 

To remain eligible for financial aid, you must successfully complete a minimum of 
66% of the total of all your classes since you began your studies at RCC and maintain 
a minimum GPA as listed above. Since this measurement is based upon your 
cumulative academic work at RCC, your performance in an individual course may 
have no impact on your financial aid eligibility. However, accumulation of failed 
courses, withdrawals and incomplete grades could affect your eligibility. 

What if I drop some or all of my classes before and/or during the semester 
drop/add period - could this affect my academic progress? 

No. The credits that you drop during that period of time will not be counted as credits 
attempted when calculating the percentage of credits completed to determine if 
academic progress has been achieved. 

What happens to my financial aid eligibility if I withdraw from some, but not all 
of my courses after the drop/add deadline? Can withdrawing from a course 
now affect my financial aid in later semesters? 

In most cases, your financial aid eligibility for the current semester will not change. 
However, as mentioned above, accumulated withdrawals could affect your eligibility 
as all course withdrawals decrease your completion rate that must be maintained 
above 66% for financial aid eligibility to continue for subsequent semesters. 

What happens to my financial aid eligibility if I withdraw from all of my courses 
after the drop/add deadline? 

Withdrawing from all courses after the drop/add deadline is considered withdrawing 
from the College. If you do this before 60% of the academic semester has passed, 
your financial aid eligibility must be recalculated per federal and state regulations. 
This recalculation will determine how much of your financial aid awarded has been 
earned during the weeks before your official withdrawal from courses. When the 
recalculation is done, a balance could be owed by the student to the RCC Business 
Office. 

What if I don't officially withdraw from the College, but I stop attending all of my 
semester classes? Can this affect my financial aid? 

The U.S. Department of Education mandates that students who fail all of their 
courses during an academic semester must prove that they continued their 
attendance in those courses past the 60% point of the semester. RCC complies with 
this requirement by requesting students to submit graded homework, quizzes and/or 
tests to prove continued attendance past the 60% point of the semester. Failure to 
do so will require the Financial Aid Office to recalculate a student's financial aid 
eligibility and will cause a balance to be owed by the student to the College for the 
semester. This applies even if a refund check has been issued to the student. 



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How can changing majors affect my financial aid eligibility? 

Changing your major may cause you to take additional courses and that could cause 
problems finishing your degree or certificate within the 150% of the standard length 
of your academic major. Also, when students change their academic major from 
degree seeking to certificate seeking, the previous classes the student attempted will 
be counted in the determination of your financial aid eligibility. For example, a 
certificate requires 30 credits for completion; for financial aid consideration to 
continue, you must finish the degree by 45 credits attempted. 

Add/Drop and Withdrawal 

How do I change my classes? How do I Add/Drop a class? 

Pursuant to Roxbury Community College's add/drop policy, students may add or drop 
a course during the official add/drop period listed in the college's academic calendar. ^ 
To add or drop a course, you must complete an add/drop form, obtain the appropriate m 
signatures, and return it to the Registrar in the Enrollment Center, Administration ^ 
Building, Room 102. Courses dropped during this period will not be recorded on your 
transcript. (Please see Student Spring/Fall Semester Course Schedule booklet for ^ 
applicable dates.) 

How do I withdraw from a class after Add/Drop has ended? 

Students may withdraw from a course after the official add/drop period and before the 
end of the designated withdrawal period listed in the academic calendar. Courses 
dropped during this period will be recorded as a "W" on your transcript. You must 
obtain the instructor's signature and complete and file a Withdrawal Form with the 
Registrar in the Enrollment Center, Administration Building, Room 102. 

Students should exercise their add/drop option during the first week of class if 
applicable to avoid a "W" grade on their transcript. Students will be responsible for 
tuition and fees for all courses not dropped. (Please see Student Spring/Fall 
Semester Course Schedule booklet for applicable dates.) 

Attendance 

What happens if I just stop going to class? 

If you do not officially withdraw from a class, you will be administratively withdrawn 
and receive a "WA" grade. 

Enrollment Center 

Where can I get a copy of my schedule? 

Enrollment Center, Administration Building, Room 2-102. 

Where can I get a Change of Major Form? 

Enrollment Center, Administration Building, Room 2-102. 

Where can I get a Change of Address Form? 

Enrollment Center, Administration Building, Room 2-102. 

Where can I get a copy of my transcript? 

Enrollment Center, Administration Building, Room 2-102. 



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Office of Student Life and Student Engagement 
Where can I get information on clubs and activities? 

Student Center (Office of Student Life and Student Engagement, Room 3-353) 

Why are there no classes from 11:30 - 12:55 Tuesdays and Thursdays? 

This is a designated Activity period. There is usually a special event on campus at 
this time, and this is when most of the clubs and organizations hold their meetings. 

Career and Transfer Services 

Where can I get help with job placement or an internship? 

Career Development, Academic Building, Room 3-207. 

Where do I get information about transferring to a four-year school? 

Transfer Services, Academic Building, Room 3-219. 

Health Services 

/ don't feel well. Where do I go? 

Student Health Services, Student Center, Room 4-313. 

Student ID 

Why do I have a student ID number? 

To protect your privacy, a 5-digit ID number is generated by the Registrar that 
identifies you throughout the school. This number may resemble your social security 
number, but they are not the same, (see page 35) 



Registration 

How do I register for classes? 

A list of academic faculty advisors will be posted in the Student Center on the first 
floor bulletin board. This list gives the name and location of your advisor. You will 
receive a postcard in the mail after the list is posted. The postcard will instruct you 
to make an appointment to meet with your advisor prior to registering for classes. You 
will then meet your advisor to select your classes and return the signed form to the 
Registrar in the Enrollment Center, Administration Building, Room 2-102. 

How do I know if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather? 

Announcements will be made on the following stations: 

Television: Radio: 

WBZ Channel 4 WBZ 1030 A.M. 

WCVB Channel 5 WRKO 680 A.M. 

WHDH Channel 7 

Where can I go for tutoring? 

The Learning Center, Academic Building, Room 3-207. 




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Academic Advising Center 

All students enrolled in degree programs are assigned academic advisors who are 
members of the faculty and staff. Although students are encouraged to meet with advisors 
on a regular basis to discuss course selections and career options, they are required to 
meet with their advisors every semester prior to registration. Advisors post their availability 
on their office doors. Students who do not have advisors should contact the Academic 
Advising Center, Academic Building, Room 219, (617) 541-5327. The Advising Center 
monitors academic progress, alerts advisors about students who are experiencing 
academic difficulty, and refers students to counselors. The counseling staff works closely 
with the school nurse, outside health agencies, and other agencies including those 
associated with disabilities. Counseling is available in English and Spanish. 

Assessment/Testing 

All new students at Roxbury Community College are required to take placement tests in 
three subject areas: English, Math, and Science. The placement test is not used for 
admission to the College but for the purpose of evaluating your skills in those areas. You 
will not receive a "passing" or "failing" grade for these tests. The evaluations are important 
because they determine the correct level courses in which you will be able to register. 
Non-native English speakers with limited proficiency in English must take the Roxbury 
Community College English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test. 



All tests take about two hours to complete. Once you have completed the tests, you will 
receive a Placement Report indicating the courses you should register for. RCC wants 
every student to succeed and that starts with registraring for the correct level courses. For 
more information please call (617) 708-3626 or visit Room 102, Building 4. 

Tutoring 

Students can take advantage of free tutorial services available in many subject areas. 
Peer and professional tutors work with you in either small groups or one-on-one to improve 
academic skills and develop learning strategies. Tutoring is designed to enhance and 
support classroom learning so that you gain the skills and confidence to be successful in 
your coursework. For more information please call (617) 541-5324 or visit Room 207, 
Building 3. 

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The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the Academic Building in Room 203. g 

It is a place where students and classes come together to address writing across all 

disciplines. Offering face-to-face tutoring, the Center also has a variety of software and £ 

Internet-accessed programs to help students improve their writing skills. It regularly holds ^ 

workshops and presentations for students and classes on a wide range of topics that 

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The Writing Center is committed to empowering students across all disciplines to write 
essays and research papers whose form, grammar, and expression reflect the accepted 
standards of American English while valuing the unique and individual voice and 
perspective of the diverse cultures and ideologies of its student body. 

Math Clinic 

The Math Clinic in the Academic Building, on the 3rd floor, Room 3-206 provides RCC 
students with an opportunity to receive immediate help with their mathematics questions. 
No appointment is necessary - just drop in and talk to a tutor, some of whom are faculty at 
the College. We will not do your homework for you, but we will explain the relevant 
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Academic Honors 



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Dean's Lists/President's Lists 

Honors students are recognized annually during a special assembly. Full-time students 
with a semester Grade Point Average (GPA) between 3.50 and 3.75 and no grade lower 
than a "B" during that semester will be placed on the Dean's List. Full-time students with 
a semester GPA between 3.76 and 4.00 and no grade lower than a "B" during that 
semester will be placed on the President's List. Pre-college courses are not used in the 
determination of these honor lists. 

Grades 

(GRADE APPEALS - SEE STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE) 

Grade Point Average (GPA) 

Grade points earned in any course are found by multiplying the quality points assigned to 
the letter grade by the number of credits for the course. Your grade point average is 
determined by adding the total points earned in all courses that semester and dividing this 
total by the total credits attempted. The following is an example of the grades earned by a 
student: 



Course Grade Quality Points Attempted Credits Total 

English 101 A 4.0 3 12 

Mathl 100 B 3.0 3 9 

Science F 0.0 4 

Business 131 C 2.0 3 6 

Total Quality Points:27.0 Credits Attempted:13 GPA = 27/13 = 2.08 

Grading Policy 

Roxbury Community College assigns a letter grade for all credit courses. Each letter grade 
from 'A" to "F" carries a numerical value which is used to calculate your Grade Point 
Average (GPA). 

The College respects the right of individual departments, programs, and individual faculty 
to use other scales as their curricula require, and supports the use of individual scales 
when articulated in their syllabus. However, if not articulated otherwise, College grades 
should be understood to represent the following percentages in student achievement. 



Grade 


Quality Points 


Numeric 


Range Interpretation 


A 


4.0 


93-100% 


Excellent 


A- 


3.7 


90-92% 


Excellent 


B+ 


3.3 


87-89% 


Very Good 


B 


3.0 


83-86% 


Good 


B- 


2.7 


80-82% 


Good 


C+ 


2.3 


77-79% 


Satisfactory Plus 


C 


2.0 


73-76% 


Satisfactory 


C- 


1.7 


70-72% 


Satisfactory 


D+ 


1.3 


67-69% 


Unsatisfactory, Passing 


D 


1.0 


60-66% 


Unsatisfactory, Passing 


F 


0.0 


59 or less 


Unsatisfactory, Course Failure 



Nonnumeric Grades 

AU Audit - A course is being audited. No grade is assigned to the course and no 

credit is earned. 
AP Attended and Progressed - Only for pre-college courses (Student must repeat 

course). 
I Incomplete - A student has made satisfactory progress in a course and has 

completed most of the coursework except for a final paper or exam. This grade 

is given at the discretion of the instructor. 
Fl Incomplete - "F" from incomplete to be used when an'l" grade reverts to "F". 
P Pass - Applies to non-credit courses only. 
NP Did Not Pass - Applies to non-credit courses only. 
R Course was repeated. 
S Satisfactory (A-C equivalent) - Midterm evaluation only. 



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TR Transferred Course(s) from another College or University. 

U Unsatisfactory (D-F equivalent) - Midterm evaluation only. 

W Official Withdrawal - A student officially withdraws from a course. 

WA Administrative Withdrawal - A student is withdrawn from a course by a faculty 

member or administrator. 

WIP Work In Progress - No grade submitted by instructor. 

NA Never attended class. 

Leave of Absence 

A student in good academic standing may request a leave of absence from the College for 
one or more semesters. A Leave of Absence form must be completed and submitted to the 
Registrar's Office prior to the end of the semester in which the student is currently enrolled. 

Honors Program 

Roxbury Community College's Honors Program provides a quality educational opportunity 
suited to the needs, wishes, and abilities of its students. The Honors Program offers 
academically talented students a stimulating, challenging, and rewarding academic 
experience. In meeting the challenge of academic excellence, the Honors Program 
provides exceptionally gifted and motivated students with the opportunity to enhance their 
knowledge through independent research and creative work. 
Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society for community college students. Alpha lota 
Mu is the Roxbury Community College chapter of the society. Members of Phi Theta 
Kappa are recognized for their academic achievement, as well as personal integrity. 
To be eligible for membership, you must meet the following criteria: 

1. Full-time enrollment. 

2. Completion of at least two semesters at Roxbury Community College. 

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3. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher, exclusive of 
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5. Nomination by an academic department of the College. 

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Building, Room 301 or a faculty member of the department. 

Repeat Policy 

Students may repeat a course only once without written permission from the Vice 
President of Academic Affairs or an Academic Affairs designee such as a Dean. However, 
financial aid will only pay for a course twice. A total of 16 repeated credits can be excluded 
from the grade point average (GPA) for the duration of the student's enrollment at Roxbury 
Community College. Courses that are officially dropped or withdrawn will not count against 
the repeat course policy. 

When a student repeats a course and receives a higher grade, the lower grade is no 
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grade earned will remain on the student's permanent record. For example, if a student 

receives a D in a course and retakes the course and receives a C-, the C- will replace the 

D in the student's GPA. The D will remain on the student's transcript. If the grade for the 

repeated course is the same, or lower, than the previous grade, then the credits will not 

count toward the student's degree, but will count in the GPA. 

It is important to note, however, that the college's standards for satisfactory academic 

progress for federal financial aid require that you complete your program within 150% of 

the credits required for that program. Excessive repeat courses and withdrawals will have 

an impact on this requirement. All courses attempted, including withdrawals, are counted 

towards the 150% calculation. 

Federal financial aid is not available to students who repeat courses they have passed 

unless a certain grade or GPA is required for their program. 

A student (other than a Nursing or Allied Health student*) who wishes to take a course for 

a third time or re-take a course in which a passing grade has been attained, the student 

must: 

1. Obtain a Repeat Course Form, and have the academic advisor review the 
transcript before he or she signs the form; 

2. Bring the signed "Repeat Course Form" to the academic dean of the division in 
which the course resides and obtained the dean's signature; and 

3. Bring the form with both signatures to the Enrollment Center and register for the 
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*Nursing or Allied Health students, please note that failure in a course required for one of ..-• 

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program. Repeating a course required in one of the Nursing or Allied Health programs 
requires readmission to the program. Students may be readmitted to one of the selective 
Nursing and Allied Health programs only once, and the readmission must occur within one 
year of leaving the program. 

The policy on progression to selective Health Sciences programs is published in the 
Health Sciences Student Handbook. 

Withdrawal Policy 

Students who officially withdraw from a course or from the College early in the semester 
are eligible for a partial tuition refund based on the College's withdrawal policy and refund 
schedule (see refund policy). Failure to attend class does not constitute official withdrawal 
from a course or from the College. 

To officially withdraw from a course, a student must complete a Withdrawal Form 
(available at the Enrollment Center), which requires the approval and signature of the 
instructor teaching the class from which the student wishes to withdraw. This form must 
then be submitted to the Enrollment Center. An instructor's signature is not necessary for 
withdrawal from a course offered by the Division of Continuing Education or if a student is 
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RCC Academic Standing Policy 

All RCC students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress toward the 
completion of their certificate or degree. A student's academic standing indicates the 
progress toward that certificate or degree. A minimum satisfactory career G.P.A and credit 
completion rate of 67% is required each semester. 

Students should be aware that the standards are similar to those used by Financial Aid to 
determine academic standing. Please refer to the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic 
Progress Policy for more information. 

We strongly encourage all students to work closely with their academic advisor to ensure 
that they register for a credit load that will enable them to balance family and work 
responsibilities with the ability to complete their coursework successfully. 

At Roxbury Community College, there are five categories of academic standing. 

They are: Good Academic Standing 

Academic Warning 

Academic Probation 

Academic Suspension 

Academic Dismissal 
The Academic Standing table below shows the student's academic standing in relation to 
cumulative credits attempted, GPA and credit completion rate, in order to achieve Good 
Academic Standing. 

NOTE: % Completion represents the total credits earned divided by the total credits 
attempted at RCC. 

Cumulative Credits Attempted** 



Criteria 


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Career/ Cumulative GPA 2.00 - 4.00 and > 67% 
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Financial Aid Suspension 



G - Good Standing W - Warning P - Probation S - Suspension D - Dismissal 
* Students on Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal are not eligible for financial aid. 
** Credits for which the student is registered at the completion of the Add/Drop period. 

Good Academic Standing 

The College considers a student to be in Good Academic Standing if they successfully 
complete 67% or more of the total numbers of credits attempted with a cumulative grade 
point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher. Courses with a grade of AP, IP, F, NA, W or WA are 
not considered to be completed successfully. 



Academic Warning 

A student in the Academic Warning Range will be placed on Academic Warning for the 
following semester. The student must meet with a member of the Advising Center staff to 
develop an academic plan to improve academic standing. This educational improvement 
plan may include, but is not limited to one or more of the following components: 

■ Reduction in the student's course load (e.g. 10-credit maximum) 

■ Assessment and or Reassessment to ensure correct course placement 

■ Required participation in one or more academic support programs (Tutoring, Writing 
Center, Math Lab, Supplemental Instruction, or Language Laboratory) 

■ Repeat all grades of "F" 

Students will be removed from Academic Warning when they are in the Good Academic 
Standing Range. 

Academic Probation 

A student in the Academic Probation Range will be placed on Academic Probation for one 
semester. Students on probation must comply with all of the components of the academic o 
plan and are required to meet regularly with their assigned advisor to discuss academic 
progress and review resources available to the student to improve their academic 
standing. If, at the end of the probationary semester, the student's academic standing has 
not improved to the level of Good Academic Standing (as defined in the Academic 
Standing Chart), the student will be placed on Academic Suspension. 

Academic Suspension 

Once a student has been placed on Academic Suspension, he or she will not be allowed \ 19 
to enroll in any classes for one semester. After the suspension period has expired, a 
student may apply for readmission to the college. The returning student must meet with a 
member of the Advising Center staff and discuss the specific steps to help ensure 
academic success. The returning student will be placed on probation upon returning to 
RCC and must comply with all the components of Academic Probation and achieve a term 
GPA of 2.5. A student may appeal the Academic Suspension. Please refer to the section 
below concerning the Appeals Process. 

Academic Dismissal 

If, at the end of the semester following the Academic Suspension, the student's term GPA 
was not 2.5 or above and his/her academic standing has not improved to the level of Good 
Academic Standing (as defined in the Academic Standing Chart), the student will be 
dismissed from Roxbury Community College for a period of no less than two semesters. 

Once a student has been placed on Academic Dismissal, he or she will not be permitted 
to re-apply as a degree seeking student for one academic year. A student who is 
readmitted after the dismissal period will be placed on Academic Probation. A student may 
appeal the Academic Dismissal. Please refer to the section below concerning the Appeals 
Process. 

A student who is placed on academic warning, probation, suspension or dismissal will be 
notified in writing by the Office of Academic Advising at the conclusion of each semester. 



A student who is placed on Academic Suspension or Dismissal may enroll in RCC non- 
credit courses. 

Students should be aware that their academic standing will be noted on the official 
transcript. 

Suspension and Dismissal Appeals Process 

All students suspended or dismissed for unsatisfactory progress may appeal to have the 
sanction lifted. The college recognizes that special or unusual circumstances can 
negatively affect performance. A student who has been placed on academic suspension 
or dismissed from college may file an appeal no later than 10 days before the start of 
classes each semester with the Academic Appeals Committee (AAC) in the Office of 
Academic Advising. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will designate the membership 
of the AAC. 

Appeals will only be heard for special or unusual circumstances that have negatively 
impacted the student's academic performance. It is the student's responsibility to present 
a compelling argument to the committee as to why he or she should be readmitted. The 
committee will carefully review the information and/or documentation deemed relevant to 
rendering a fair decision by either granting the student permission to re-enroll or 
permanently dismissing the student from the College. Academic reinstatement does not 
automatically reestablish eligibility for Financial Aid. Please refer to the Financial Aid 
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for more information on the Financial Aid Appeals 
process. 

The decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is final. 

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business days prior to the first day of classes. 

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| Graduation Requirements 

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2. Complete all course requirements as specified by the academic program of study with 
a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 for college-level courses, unless other 
requirements are specified by the academic program. For specific major requirements, 
consult the Program of Studies. 

3. Earn at least 60 college-level credits with at least 30 college-level credits from Roxbury 
Community College for an associate degree and 12 credit hours for a certificate. 

4. Application : In order to officially graduate from RCC, a student must complete and 
submit an Application for Graduation Form available at the Registrar's Office 
(Administration Bldg #2, RM 102) by the announced deadline. All December and May 
graduates are invited and encouraged to participate in the May Commencement 
Ceremony. However, students must have met all course requirements and financial 
obligations in order to participate. 

5. Application Deadline for December 2012 Degree Completion: November 5, 2012. 
Application Deadline for May 2013 Graduation: March 12, 2013 




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The Athletics Program offers students the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate, 
intramural, and recreational activities. Intercollegiate teams exist for baseball (men), 
basketball (men and women), and track (men and women). The Reggie Lewis Track and 
Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College also offers other intramural activities, 
including soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Credit and non-credit classes in aerobics, dance, 
and Karate are offered to all students. For schedules or more information about the 
program offerings, contact the Athletics Department in the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic 
Center at (617) 541-3535. 

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (RLTAC) Membership 

■ An RCC student wishing to have a membership to the RLTAC must submit proof of 
current registration to the RLTAC Membership Office during its hours of operation. 

■ The student will be issued a membership card for that semester, which can be 
renewed for subsequent semesters, if the student shows proof of registration. 
Otherwise, the membership will expire at the end of each semester. 




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At the time of registration, students receive a billing statement and a class schedule that 
indicates the amount charged and dates that payments are due. Students must pay all bills 
by the due date appearing on the bill. Students who register on or after the due date must 
pay at the time of registration. The College accepts payment by personal check, money 
order, travelers' checks, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. A payment plan is also available. 
For specific information about the payment plan, contact the Business Office at (617) 541- 
5321, Administration Building, Room 213. 

Refund Policy 

Students dropping or withdrawing from classes must complete the appropriate form 
available in the One-Stop Enrollment Services Center, Administration Building, Room 102. 
Failure to withdraw officially results in a grade of "F" or "NA" in the course and an obligation 
to pay in full. The schedule of refunds for tuition and general college fees outlined in this 
handbook applies only when proper withdrawal or class drop procedures have been 
adhered to, as established by the Enrollment Services Center. Application fees are non- 
refundable. Lack of attendance or course abandonment does not constitute a drop 
or withdrawal. 

The Refund Policy applies to tuition and fees for all students who register for one or more 
courses at RCC. This policy goes into effect on the first day of classes for each semester. 



You may add or drop classes during the ADD/DROP period without charge. The official 
start and end dates of the ADD/DROP period can be found on the Academic Calendar on 
page 4 of this handbook. 

REFUND POLICY RULES: 



TIME PERIOD 


REFUND 


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Withdrawal during ADD/DROP 
period 


100% tuition and fees, less $25 
registration fee 


All courses will be deleted from 
the student's transcript 


Withdrawal during the five 
school davs after the 
ADD/DROP period ends 


75% of tuition and fees, less $25 
registration fee 


Withdrawal (W) will appear on 
student's transcript 


Withdrawal during the sixth 
through tenth school dav after 
the ADD/DROP period ends 


50% of tuition and fees less $25 
registration fee 


Withdrawal (W) will appear on 
student's transcript 


Withdrawal eleven school davs 
or bevond after the ADD/DROP 
period ends 


No refund 


Withdrawal (W) will appear on 
student's transcript 



If you have any questions regarding this refund policy, please contact the Business Office. 

Tuition Waivers 

Several kinds of tuition waivers are available to Roxbury Community College students. 
These waivers include, but are not limited to, members of the National Guard, veterans, 
senior citizens, Native Americans, state employees, and wards of the state. In order to 
receive a tuition waiver, you must present the waiver at the time of registration or before 
the first day of class. If you present the waiver after the first day of class, the College will 
make no adjustment. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not fund all courses; 
therefore, the use of certain waivers for those unfunded courses will be restricted. 

Students with approved tuition waivers, tuition remissions, or tuition vouchers may register 
on a space-available basis, and fees must be paid. Tuition waivers, tuition remission, or 
tuition vouchers do not apply to special programs, seminars, or private instruction 
administered by the Division of Continuing Education (DCE). Also, certain tuition waivers, 
which apply to the state supported day division, do not apply to the Division of Continuing 
Education programs, including summer sessions. For example, the National Guard waiver 
can not be applied to Division of Continuing Education programs. 



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The Campus Bookstore sells all textbooks required for your courses as well as school 
supplies, trade books, clothing, gift items, assorted software products, and snack items. 
Bookstore gift cards are available. For your convenience payment can be made by 
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Your campus bookstore is offering textbook rental through Rent-A-Text, saving you more 
than half off the sales price on every single book you rent. Because we have direct access 
to your instructors' book lists, it - and only it - can guarantee that the books you rent are 
the right ones for your classes. And unlike online rental companies, your campus 
bookstore carries all your other course materials too. As in one-stop-shopping, with Rent- 
A-Text, you pick up your rental textbooks at the bookstore instead of having them shipped, 
so there's no waiting by the mailbox for them to be delivered. There are no shipping costs, 
which means more money in your pocket. 

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday 9:00A.M. - 5:00P.M. 

Friday 10:00A.M. - 2:00P.M. 

During the first two weeks of each semester, extended hours are posted. 



Campus Security 

Academic Building, Room 109 

Students are encouraged to contact the security staff for assistance whenever needed. All 
suspicious or criminal activity, as well as medical emergencies, should be reported to the 
Campus Security office. When classes are in session, a guard is stationed in the Cedar 
Street parking lot from 8:00A.M. - 10:00P.M., Monday through Friday, and 8:00A.M. - 
4:00P.M. on Saturday. For assistance, call (617) 541-5338. Please report all suspicious or 
criminal activity to the Chief of Security in the Campus Security Office. 

Career/Internships 

Academic Building, Room 207 

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Career Placement is available when you are ready for a part-time or full-time job during ; :1 
school or following graduation. Support offered during your job search includes developing ;- ! 
a resume, conducting mock interviews and learning effective job search strategies. 

Career Planning 

Career exploration and planning can help you choose a professional direction that fits your " 
values, interests, and needs. If you are unsure about a major or career direction, sign up 
for this one-credit course, Principles of Career Planning, ACS 200. You can also take m 
advantage of career counseling and various online assessments including: the Harrington 
O'Shea, the Strong Campbell Interest Inventory, Discover, and the Myers Briggs. 

Internships 

Internships allow you to explore a career area of interest while earning credit at the same 
time. The Internship Coordinator will assist you in locating an internship that works for you. 
A variety of agencies and employers are ready to place Roxbury Community College 
interns. You will spend 150 hours on-site. If you have taken English Composition I, and at 
least three courses toward your degree, you are eligible to sign up for an Internship. Meet 
with an Internship Coordinator during pre-registration to ensure a timely placement. 

Transfer 

Academic Building, Room 219 

Transfer Program 

Students who intend to pursue a bachelor's degree are encouraged to begin planning 
during their first semester at Roxbury Community College for transfer to a four-year 
institution. Although each student is responsible for ensuring that Roxbury Community 
College credits are transferable, academic advisors and transfer counselors are available 
to help coordinate academic programs at RCC with the transfer requirements of four-year 
institutions. Students who have been admitted to an associate degree program at Roxbury 
Community College may be eligible to participate in one of the several transfer 
agreements that the College maintains with four-year colleges and universities that 
guarantee admission of Roxbury Community College graduates and/or acceptance of 
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Cross Registration 

Sampling the environment and coursework at a four-year college can help students 
choose the campus that will best meet their needs. Cross-Registration allows students to 
take courses at select local colleges while they are enrolled at Roxbury Community 
College. Students must have completed between twelve and thirty college-level credits to 
be eligible for cross-registration. 

Because academic calendars vary from school to school, students are strongly advised to 
visit the Transfer Services in Room 219, Academic Building the semester prior to cross- 
registering to create their academic schedules. Students are permitted to cross register for 
one-course per semester. Cross Registration is not available for evening or weekend or 
summer classes. Cross Registration is not permitted during late registration periods. The 
following colleges participate in Cross-Registration: 

Massachusetts College of Art Prerequisite: A strong interest in art 

Northeastern University Prerequisites: A GPA of 2.75, at least 30 earned college- 
level credits, ENG 101 and ENG 102 

Simmons College Prerequisites: Pre-nursing concentration, ENG 101 and at least 15 
earned college- level credits 

Suffolk University Prerequisites: Enrolled in the final semester at Roxbury 
Community College and a GPA of at least 3.00 

University of Massachusetts-Boston Prerequisite: Enrolled in at least 12 credits at 
Roxbury Community College. 

26 ■ Wheelock College Prerequisites: An interest in education, social work, social 
science, or liberal arts Course enrollment is limited to: Social Work I, Social Work II, 
Child Life, Human Biology, Human Sexuality, and Social Issues. 

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Many students' academic plans include transfer to a four-year college or university. The 
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Transfer Services staff is prepared to guide these students through the transfer process: 

choosing an appropriate major; selecting colleges; submitting applications for admission 

and financial aid; and making decisions once acceptances have been received. 

■;j College Fairs bring over forty (40) colleges to the Roxbury Community College campus 
each semester which offer students another vehicle for exploring potential transfer 
schools. For more information about transferring to a four-year institution, visit Transfer 
Services in Room 219, Academic Building. 

MassTransfer 

MassTransfer, a new transfer policy seeks to provide RCC students with straightforward 
and understandable options toward the completion of associate and baccalaureate 
degrees, clearing the way for student access and student success in Massachusetts' 
public higher education system. 

The main purpose of MassTransfer is to provide RCC students who complete designated 
associate degrees under MassTransfer with the benefits of the full transfer and 
applicability of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each benefit based on 



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the student's final grade point average) to linked baccalaureate programs; and 
MassTransfer integrates and replaces the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Joint 
Admissions, and the Tuition Advantage Program. 

The MassTransfer policy for community college students who complete designated 
associate degrees will apply to students who matriculate in or after fall 2012 at a 
Massachusetts community college. Community college students who matriculated prior to 
fall 2012 and who participate in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and/or Joint 
Admissions Program will be required to complete their associate degrees by August 2013 
and must matriculate at a Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts 
campus by fall 2014. 

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and schools at the Massachusetts state colleges and University of Massachusetts F 

campuses across the Commonwealth. The list of associate degree programs and linked f\ 
baccalaureate programs under MassTransfer are available at www.mass.edu, as well as 



on the transfer websites at the individual public higher education institutions. 

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Massachusetts community college. Community college students who matriculated prior to 
fall 2012 and who participate in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and/or Joint 
Admissions Program will be required to complete their associate degrees by August 2013 
and must matriculate at a Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts 
campus by fall 2014. 

A student completing an associate degree program under MassTransfer will have \ 27 
graduated with a minimum of 60 credit hours and will have completed the following 34- 
credit general education transfer block, exclusive of developmental coursework: 

General Education Transfer Block 

English Composition/Writing 6 credit hours 

Behavioral and Social Sciences 9 credit hours 

Humanities and Fine Arts 9 credit hours 

Natural or Physical Science 7 credit hours 

Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3 credit hours 

Total 34 credit hours 

MassTransfer Benefits 

A student completing an associate degree who seeks admission to a linked baccalaureate 
program under MassTransfer will be entitled to the following benefits based upon the final 
cumulative grade point average at the community college awarding the degree: 

A. A final cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 or higher 

i. Waives the admissions application fee and essay 

ii. Guarantees the full transfer of college-level credits, including "D" grades, applied to 
the degree requirements of the linked baccalaureate degree or school at the state 



college or University of Massachusetts campus such that the MassTransfer student 
will be required to complete no more credits or courses than a native student with 
the following stipulations: 

• The student changes his or her major. 

• If the linked baccalaureate program requires a higher grade point average or 
specific courses for the major which are required of native students, the 
MassTransfer student must meet these requirements. 

iii. Satisfies the general education requirements at the receiving institution with the 
receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits / two courses in 
compliance with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Standards 
for Accreditation. This will apply when the receiving institution already places these 
requirements on its native students and will determine at its discretion which credits, 
if any, shall be required. 

Note: College-level course credits awarded by the sending Institution through CLEP, 
challenge examinations, and credit for prior learning shall be included when a 
student qualifies under MassTransfer. 
B. A final cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 or higher 

i. Grants all of the benefits outlined in section 1A. 

ii. Guarantees admission to the linked baccalaureate degree or school at a 
Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts campus with the 
following stipulations: 

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is required of native students, the MassTransfer student must meet this 
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• If because of space or fiscal limitations the receiving institution does not admit all 
qualified applicants to a given major or program, the receiving institution will use 
the same criteria for MassTransfer applicants as it does for its native students. 

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• Students must be in good academic, fiscal and disciplinary standing with all 
previous institutions. 

. A final cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher 

i. Grants all of the benefits outlined in sections 1 A and 1 B. 

ii. Guarantees a tuition waiver equal to 33% of the Massachusetts resident tuition rate 
at a state college or University campus for two years of undergraduate enrollment 
with the following requirements: 

• Enrollment is continuous at the state college or University campus. 

• The student earns a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher for the first 
year of enrollment at the state college or University of Massachusetts campus. 

iii. Note: For students demonstrating compelling hardships, institutions may exercise 
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Articulation Agreements 

Roxbury Community College has developed articulation agreements with several public 
and private baccalaureate institutions for students who have completed their Associate 
Degree and wish to transfer. These articulation agreements stipulate that RCC graduates 
must meet admission standards at the host institution in order to be admitted into specific 
program majors with full junior standing. The agreements are designed to provide full 
course equivalencies to maximize transfer credits. The RCC degree programs and 
corresponding baccalaureate programs for participating institutions are listed below. 

ARTICULATION AGREEMENT PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTIONS 



RCC Major 

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Degree four- year College Major four- year College 

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Eastern Nazerene 



Business Management 



Arts and Humanities 



AA Cambridge College 



Multidisciplinary Studies 



Associates of Arts Degree Programs 

Business Administration AA 

Business Administration AA 

Business Administration AA 

Business Administration AA 

Business Management AS 

Bus. Admin. Sports Management AS 
Bus. Management Hospitality AS 

Business Administration AA 

Business Administration AA 

Business Administration AA 

Business Management AS 

Business Management AS 

Business Management AS 

Business Management AS_ 

Computer Science AS 



MA School of Law 

Westfield State 

Westfield State 

Westfield State 

Cambridge College 

Cambridge College 

Mt. Ida College 

Mt. Ida College 

Argosy University/Atlanta 

Regis 

Mt. Ida College 

Regis 

Mt. Ida College 

Mass. College of Liberal Arts 
Kaplan University (online) 
Kaplan University (online) 



B.A. History and Legal 
Studies 

Marketing 

Management 

Finance 

Management 

Management 

Bus. Admin. Sports Mgt. 

Hotel & Tourism Mgt. 

Organizational Mgt. 

Management 

Business Administration 

Management 

Business Management 

Business Administration 

BS Business Mgt. 

BS Information 
Technology 



Criminal Justice 


AS 


Northeastern University 


Criminal Justice 


Criminal Justice 


AA 


Springfield College 


Human Services 


Criminal Justice 


AS 


Salem State College 


Criminal Justice 


Criminal Justice 


AS 


UMASS Lowell 


Criminal Justice 


Criminal Justice 


AS 


Kaplan University (online) 


BS Criminal Justice 


Criminal Justice 


AS 


Newbury College 


BS Criminal Justice 


Early Childhood Education 


AS 


Cambridge College 


Multidisciplinary Studies 



Early Childhood Education 



AS Springfield College 



Human Services 



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RCC Major Degree 

Early Childhood Education. AS 



four- year College 

Wheelock College 



Major four- year College 

Human Development, 
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General Education 
General Prep Sequence 
International Business 
International Business 
International Business 

Liberal Arts 

Liberal Arts 

Liberal Arts 

Liberal Arts 

Nursing (RN) 

Nursing (RN) 



AA Wheelock College 

AA Argosy University/Atlanta 

North Shore CC 

AA Westfield State 

AA Westfield State 

AA Westfield State 

AA Cambridge College 

AA Cambridge College 

AA Eastern Nazerene 

AA Kaplan University (online) 

AS Simmons College 

AS Simmons College 



Human Development, 
Child Life Concentration 

Psychology 

AS Fire Science 

Marketing 

Management 

Finance 

Multidisciplinary Studies 

Psychology 

Education 

BS Communication 

Nursing 

'Masters Science 
Nursing 



Nursing (RN) 


AS 


Framingham State 


Nursing 


Nursing (RN) 


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UMASS Boston 


BSN Online 


Nursing (RN) 


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UMASS Dartmouth 


Nursing 


Nursing (RN) 


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Emmanuel College 


Nursing 


Nursing (RN) 


AS 


UMASS Boston 


Nursing 


Nursing (RN) 


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UMASS Lowell 


Nursing 


Nursing (RN) 


AS 


Kaplan University (online) 


BS Nursing 



Roxbury Community College 

Social Science 

Social Science 

Social Science 

Social Science 

Various Majors 



Study 
Abroad 

AA 

AA 

AA 

AA 

AA,AS 



Imo State University, Nigeria 

Springfield College 

Wheelock College 

Cambridge College 

Kaplan University (online) 
Pine Manor College 



Human Services 
Social Work 
Psychology 
BS Psychology 
Various Majors 



*UMASS Boston Certificate in Vocational-Technical Ed RCC Liberal Arts 

*YearUp Certificate RCC Business Administration/ Management 

All of the information in this section is subject to change at the discretion of the participating institutions. New articulation 

agreements are always being developed. Visit Transfer Services in Room 219 Academic Building for a complete listing 

of the most up-to-date agreements. 

Articulation agreements guarantee transfer of credit only after a candidate is accepted into the four-year 

college/university. 

'Please consult with Director of Transfer Affairs and Articulation about these particular articulation agreements. 



Health Services 

Student Center, Room 313, Tel: (617)708-3633 

The Health Services Office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00A.M. - 5:00P.M. and from 
5:00P.M. - 5:30P.M. by appointment. A nurse practitioner is on duty to provide emergency 
and routine treatment for common illness and injuries, e.g., colds, headaches, sprains, and 
lacerations. Students with more complex health problems are referred to other health care 
facilities for more comprehensive care. Assistance for students with disabilities is provided 
in collaboration with the Disabilities Counselor. Health education and wellness programs 
are additional activities of Health Services and vary each semester. Examples of topics 
include: 

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You can enroll online at http://dentalschool.bu.edu/sdp. 
Enrollment dates and fees are provided at the above website. 

Health Insurance 

Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 23) requires that any student registered for 9 or 
more credits must be enrolled in a health insurance plan. The Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts requires you to submit your health insurance information to the College via 
online electronic submission. The Business Office will review your online insurance 
submission to determine if you qualify for the insurance waiver. Please log onto: 
www.commonwealthstudent.com 

If you enroll for the fall semester, you have until October 31st to complete this process. 
Students who enroll for the spring semester have until February 28th. Otherwise the health 
insurance charge will remain on your bill. Students who do not have a qualified health 
insurance plan are required to enroll in the College Student Health Insurance Program. 
This Program covers health services outside of the College. 

MassHealth qualifies as comparable coverage; however, free care that is provided by 
hospitals and community health centers does not qualify as adequate coverage. 

Immunizations 

Massachusetts General Law requires all full-time students (12 or more credits), and all 
Health Career and international students to provide proof of immunization against specific 
diseases. The required immunizations are: Tetanus/Diptheria (booster within the past ten 



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years), 2 MMR's (measles, mumps, rubella), and 3 Hepatitis B immunizations. The 
Admissions Office will provide you with the Immunization Form for completion by the 
health care provider and the Medical History Record Form for completion by the student. 

Disability Services 

Academic Building, Room 207, Tel: (617)708-3562 

Roxbury Community College is committed to creating an educational environment that 
promotes academic excellence and personal exploration for all students. This includes a 
commitment to achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for persons 
with disabilities. Our goal is to ensure a comprehensively accessible college experience 
where individuals with disabilities have the same access to programs and activities as all 
others. This policy derives from the College's overall commitment to non-discrimination of 
all persons in employment, creating accessible facilities, student programs, activities, and 
services. 

To this end, RCC strives to achieve excellence in its services and to assure that its 
resources are delivered equitably and efficiently to all of its students. 

If you have questions, please contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (CSD). 
The CSD coordinates the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities. All 
accommodations are individualized, flexible, and confidential based on the nature of the 
disability and the academic environment. 

Counselor for Students with Disabilities (CSD) 

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Adaptive Library 

The library is an essential academic tool that can be accessed by students with disabilities 
through the following services: 

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■ Crank adjustable table - provides greater access for seating and lighting 

■ Read & Write Gold: Text to speech software 

■ Laptop computer 

■ Publications including books and videos specific to students with disabilities 
including career planning, job search, ADA, and relationships information. 



Library 

Academic Building, Room 211 

The library at Roxbury Community College offers information resources and services that 

support the academic programs of the College. The entrance to the library is on the 2nd 

floor. 

Informational Resources: 

u Over 30,000 circulating and reference books. This includes many required textbooks 
on reserve for use in the library. 

■ Over 40 online database containing tens of millions of articles from journals, 
magazines and newspapers. 

■ Over one hundred paper periodical subscriptions including journals, magazines and 



Library Services: 

u Circulation of library materials including audiovisual equipment for classroom use 

■ Answers to reference questions. 



■ Interlibrary loan: the delivery to RCC library users of books and documents that 
belong to other libraries. 

■ Library web site development to provide subject pathfinders and online tutorials. 

The library occupies an attractive space on the first and second floors of the Academic 
Building. There is study space for about one hundred students. Every effort is made to 
support both those who require a quiet space for individual study and those who need to 
study in groups. There is a special room for group study on the first floor. About seventy- 
five classes per year visit the library classroom for instruction on information retrieval 
techniques. There are thirty two computers for students to access online library resources 
as well as the free Internet. Library staff members assist students in Internet navigation 
as well as web site evaluation. Equipment and software for those with disabilities are 
available. An online library newsletter, delivered to RCC e-mail accounts, alerts users to 
information useful in their educational tasks. Library displays promote ideas of interest to 
the College community and showcase the accomplishments of College departments. 

Goals of the library: 

u To promote student learning and faculty instruction in a friendly and supportive 
atmosphere. 

■ To increase informational resources and services so that students' learning goals 
and faculty members' teaching efforts are attained. 

■ To increase interlibrary cooperation so that materials available elsewhere are quickly 
deliverable to RCC users. 

■ To increase the level of information literacy so that RCC graduates are better 
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is essential so that the library can, within budget constraints, choose the best selection of 
resources and services to match the needs of students and faculty while supporting the 
educational mission of the college. 

Interlibrary Cooperation 

u RCC Library is a member of the Metro Boston Library Network. This includes the 

Boston Public Library and other public and school libraries. Students may place 

online orders from a selection of over a million items. The materials are delivered to 

the RCC Library and students are notified to pick them up. Aside from books related 

to academic courses, these items also include best selling books, foreign language 

books and videos. 

■ The library also belongs to the Fenway Library Consortium which includes 15 

primarily academic libraries in the Boston area, most within walking distance of 

RCC. You may borrow books from any of these libraries. To retrieve materials from 

these libraries, simply present an active RCC library card. You may also order books 

from these libraries and have them sent to The RCC Library where they can be 

borrowed. 

The following is a list of consortium members: Brookline Public Library and libraries at 

Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Hebrew College, Lesley University, Mass. College 

of Art and Design, Mass. College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Museum of Fine Arts 

Museum School, New England Conservatory of Music, Simmons College, Suffolk 

University, UMass Boston, Wentworth Institute, and Wheelock College. 



Lost and Found 

Campus Security Office, Academic Building, Room 109 

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Vehicles without stickers, those parked in unauthorized areas or parked in handicapped 
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owners expense. Parking is available at the Cedar Street lot adjacent to the Student 

2 Center. Overnight parking is prohibited. 



Public Telephones 

Public telephones are available in the lobbies of the Administration Building, Academic 
Building, Media Arts Building and the Student Center. 

Public Transportation 

The use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The College is accessible via the 
Orange Line subway and various MBTA buses. 



Student I.D. 

Students must obtain identification cards at the beginning of their first semester. The I.D. 
card is necessary to borrow books from the Library and to access the Learning Center. 
Current semester validation stickers may be obtained at the Registrar's Office. 
Replacements for lost cards are available for $5.00. I.D. cards must be shown to any 
member of the Roxbury Community College faculty, staff or security personnel upon 
request. To obtain a student I.D., please contact Enrollment Management at (617) 541- 
5310. The I.D. office is located in Room 109, Campus Security, Academic Building. 

MyPasswords 

Students can login to MyPasswords with personal information that is unique to them: RCC 
student ID, date of birth, and the last 4 digits of SSN. Please direct new students* and 
returning students** who do not know their login information to the MyPasswords 
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■ If a student has changed their default password(s) and forgotten them, they need to 
go to the specific application login page and click on the "Forgot my password" or 
"Help me login" link. MyPasswords only provides the original default password. 

■ As a safety precaution, the MyPasswords report will automatically logout after 5 
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RCC Student E-mail 

The RCC student e-mail system is powered by Gmail, Google's e-mail system. All RCC 
students are assigned an e-mail account (<First initial + Middle initial + Last 
name@roxbury.edu>). This is RCC's official electronic messaging system for students and 
only e-mail the college will use to communicate important school information. 

NOTE: E-mail accounts for new students may take up to 48 hours to become active. 

Logging into your RCC Student E-mail 

To access your RCC student e-mail, follow the steps below. 

1. Open an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari). 

2. In the web address field enter the following URL http://mail.roxbury.edu (see Figure 2) 

3. Click on the text Sign in (located in the top right corner, in the E-mail block, or the 
Announcements block). 

4. Type your username and password, then click on the Sign In button. 

a. Your username is the first part of your e-mail address (without the @roxbury.edu). 
For example, if your e-mail is JMSmith4@roxbury.edu, your username is JMSimth4. 

b. Your default password is rcc + student ID. For example, if your student ID is 12345, 
your password is red 2345. 

BEST PRACTICE: We recommend that you change your default password to something 
more secure and something you will remember. Once you have logged in, you can change 
your password under your e-mail Settings —> Accounts. 

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MyRCC is RCC's implementation of Jenzabar's Internet Campus Solution (JICS), which is 
a portal student information system. It provides a single point of access to 
communications, web services, community building, and e-learning applications. JICS 
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Dean. For example, User ID: 12345 and PIN: W43X8Q 

BEST PRACTICE : We recommend that you change your default password to something 
more secure and something you will remember. Once you have logged in, you can change 
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Moodle 

Moodle is a web-based course management system (CMS) or virtual learning environment 
(VLE). Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is an 
open source software system designed using sound pedagogical principles that help 
educators create effective online learning communities. 

Logging into your Online Course 

To log into your online course in Moodle, follow the steps below. 

1 . Open an internet browser (Firefox works best with Moodle) and 

2. In the web address field, type: http://moodle.rcc.mass.edu (see figure 4) 

3. In the top right corner of the screen, click on (Login). 

4. Type your username and password. 

a. Your username is the first part of your e-mail address (without the @roxbury.edu). 
For example, if your e-mail is JMSmith4@roxbury.edu, your username is JMSimth4. 

b. Your default password is your student ID. For example, 12345. 

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Turnitin 

Turnitin is a digital assessment suite that allows educators to check students' work for 
improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated 
databases, grade papers online, to create Peer Review assignments that students use to 
evaluate and learn from one another's work, and manage grades and assignments online. 

Your instructor may ask you to submit a paper using Turnitin. 

To submit a paper to Turnitin follow the steps below: 

1. Open an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari). 

2. In the web address field, type: http://www.turnitin.com (see figure 5) 

3. Click on the New User link. 

4. Follow the directions on this page to help you create your user profile. You need the 
class ID and an enrollment password from your instructor . Once you finish creating 
your profile, you will be logged in to Turnitin. 

5. Click on your class name to open the class portfolio. 

6. To submit a paper, click the submit button next to the paper's assignment. 

7. Enter a title for your paper. 

8. Click the browse button and locate the paper you want to submit on your computer. 
Turnitin accept submissions in the following formats: MS Word, WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, 
PostScript, HTML, and plain text (.txt). 

9. Click submit to upload your paper. 

lO.Make sure you selected the correct paper; click "yes, submit" to finalize your 
submission. A confirmation receipt will be e-mailed to you. 

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Financial Aid applications must be completed annually. All students are encouraged to 
apply. Many times changes in circumstances, such as decreases in income or enrollment 
of additional family members in college can lead to eligibility for a previously ineligible 
student. In order to apply for financial aid, students should complete the Free Application 
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in accordance with the priority deadlines that follow. 

FAFSAs are available at the Financial Aid Office. Applicants may also contact the 
Financial Aid Office by calling 617-541-5322 to request that a FAFSA be mailed to them. 
When completing the application, please note that the RCC Title IV code is 011930. 
Students should retain a copy of their FAFSA form and keep all documents that were used 
to complete the FAFSA in an accessible place. Applicants will be notified in writing if 
additional documentation such as tax returns is needed. 

Eligibility Requirements 

In order to be eligible for financial aid, an applicant must be a United States citizen or an 
eligible non-citizen enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program. Additionally, 
the applicant must maintain satisfactory academic progress, comply with Federal Selective 
Service Law, not be in default on any educational loans, or owe a refund on any federal 
grants or loans to any institution. Students who have obtained a previous bachelor's 
degree at any U.S. or foreign institution are not eligible for financial aid. 



Financial aid awards are subject to change if any of the factors used to calculate eligibility 
from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) change after the date of original 
application. Other examples of factors that impact eligibility include increases in income 
and changes in family size and/or in the number of family members enrolled in college. 
Students are strongly advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office if they are 
contemplating a change in enrollment status. 

Priority Deadlines 

TERMS DEADLINES 

Fall/Spring students May 1 

Spring only students November 1 

In order to be considered for summer financial aid, applicants must be enrolled as half- 
time students. Applicants should also be aware that summer financial aid funds are 
available on a limited basis. Summer financial aid applications are available at the 
Financial Aid Office after February 1 . 

Title IV Refund Policy 

The calculation of the return of Title IV Funds is determined by the date that the student 

withdraws, which is: 

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■ The date the student officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw; 

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institution (an unofficial withdrawal) 

■ The student's last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity. 

Title IV aid and all other aid is earned during the time a student is attending Roxbury 
Community College. The percentage of aid earned is determined by dividing the number 
of days a student was enrolled by the number of days in the semester, up to the 60% point. 
Return of Title IV funds is no longer necessary after that point. If the student withdraws 
from all courses after the 60% point in the semester, Title IV aid is viewed as 100% earned. 
However, if a student withdraws prior to that 60% point, the student may owe back part of 
his or her financial aid if the financial aid office determines the student has received an 
amount larger than the earned amount. 

The refund policy for state financial aid is the same as the federal policy, however 100% 
of state aid is earned at the 50% point. A copy of the worksheet used for this calculation 
can be requested from the Roxbury Community College Financial Aid Office. 

The term "Title IV Funds' includes the following programs: 

■ Federal Pell Grant 

■ Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) 

In accordance with federal regulations, financial aid funds are returned and allocated in the 
following order: 

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5. Federal SEOG Program 

6. Other Title IV programs 

7. Other state, private, and institutional aid 

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Roxbury Community College will also return any funds necessary to Title IV programs 
upon completing the calculation. The student's responsibilities in regard to the return of 
Title IV funds include repaying to the Title IV or state programs any funds that were 
disbursed directly to the student and which the student was determined to be ineligible for 
via the Return of Title IV Funds Calculation. The procedures and policies listed above 
supersede those published previously and are subject to change. Please contact the 
Financial Aid Office if you have any questions about the new policy. 

Appeals Process 

If a change in family circumstances impacts an applicant's ability to help finance his/her 
education, the applicant may request financial aid reconsideration. All requests for 
reconsideration can be initiated by obtaining an Appeal Form at the Financial Aid Office. 
Examples of typical appeals include a loss of employment, a reduction of income of a 
parent and/or spouse, or uninsured medical expenses. Students have the right to request 
a one-time, non-satisfactory academic progress waiver if they fail to attain a satisfactory 
GPA and/or course completion rate. If financial aid recipients experience circumstances 
that impact their school work, they have the right to apply for a waiver. Reasons to appeal 
may involve, for example, a documented illness of a student or of a spouse. Because it is 
difficult to define all the possible reasons that could lead to non-satisfactory academic 
progress, students should contact the Financial Aid Office for instructions on how to submit 
a written appeal. 

Employment 

Roxbury Community College is a participant in the Federal College Work-Study Program. 
Funds for this program are awarded to eligible students as part of the financial aid 
application process. Federal program regulations require that a percentage of these funds 
be earmarked to community service related work. A listing of community service positions 
is available at the Financial Aid counter. All other work-study positions are assigned to 
various departments in the college by the Financial Aid Office at the beginning of each 
semester. 

Alternative Financing 

The Business Office offers a tuition payment plan. The College has several private loan- 
financing options available to students and families who have needs that cannot be met 
with federal or state financial aid. Interested students should contact the Financial Aid 
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The Financial Aid Office provides personalized service to our students. Students requiring 
personalized service should feel free to stop by the Financial Aid Office in Room 201 of 
the Administration Building or call our office at 617-541-5322. 

A Second Associate Degree 

Students who have received one associate degree at RCC may be eligible for financial aid, 
in the form of Pell Grants only, for credits toward a certificate or a second associate degree 
at RCC. The student must first apply for readmission and declare to the Office of 
Admissions that he or she is pursuing a new degree or certificate. Then the student must 
meet with an academic advisor at the Advising Center to determine which courses will be 
required in order to obtain the certificate or second degree and must submit this 
information to the Financial Aid Office. The student will be eligible for financial aid only for 
the courses required to complete the degree or certificate. 

Academic Standards for Financial Aid Eligibility 

Students should be aware that academic standards used to determine financial aid 
eligibility differ slightly from the Division of Academic Affairs. Guidelines for Satisfactory 
Progress consider only the student's GPA, whereas academic standards for financial aid 
eligibility are based on total credits attempted and a minimum required GPA that includes 
courses from which a student has withdrawn. Satisfactory Progress is evaluated at the end > 
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Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 

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Status. Students on Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal or who have attempted 
more than 90 college credits are not eligible for financial aid unless they have graduated 
and are pursuing an additional degree or certificate program. 

Please note that if you are on Probation Status, you have the right to file a written appeal. 
In many cases appeals are approved based upon extenuating circumstances. Examples 
of acceptable reasons for appeals include medical and disability issues. We strongly 
advise you to contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions regarding this 
policy. Appeals must be submitted and approved prior to the last date of classes or college 
withdrawal. Students on Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal are not eligible for 
financial aid. 

It should also be noted that financial aid will not consider satisfactory progress 
appeals unless you have received an approved academic plan from the advising 
office. Please note that Financial Aid is under no obligation to offer you financial aid 
although you may have been allowed to re-enroll at the college. 

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Add/Drop Period 

It is essential that you drop your classes during the ADD/Drop period if you do not intend 
to complete your classes. Please note that incomplete and/or withdrawn classes count as 
credits attempted but not earned and will impact Satisfactory Academic Progress. 
Students are responsible for payment on Incomplete/Withdrawn Classes. 

Course Selection and Financial Aid Eligibility 

Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for courses that are not required by your Associate 
Degree or Certificate program. If it is discovered that you have registered for courses 
outside of your degree/program financial aid will be canceled and you will be fully 
responsible for the charges associated with the non-required course(s). Therefore it is 
essential that you consult with an Academic Advisor prior to registering for classes. 

Developmental Courses 

A student can enroll for more than 30 Developmental credits with a written waiver from 
their Academic Advisor. However, Financial Aid cannot be used for more than 30 
developmental credits under any circumstances. Please note that all developmental 
courses must provide a pathway to an eligible academic certificate or degree program. 
Developmental classes that students enroll in and fail to complete due to withdrawal count 
towards your 30 developmental credits attempted as well as your maximum allowable 120 
credits. 

Maximum Credits for Financial Aid 

Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for courses which exceed more than 150% of the 
maximum needed credits to achieve an Associate Degree or an eligible Certificate 
Program. For example, if your program requires 60 credits, you will only be allowed to 
receive financial aid for 90 credits. In the case of a 30 credit certificate program, the 
financial aid maximum credits would be 45. It is essential that you develop a concise 
academic plan and enroll in classes that will enable you to complete your academic 
program. 

Repeated Classes 

Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for courses in which you have earned a grade of D or 
above unless it is required by your academic program. A letter from your Division Dean is 
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Affirmative Action 

One of the many strengths that enables Roxbury Community College to fulfill its mission 
is the existing diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. The College recognizes and 
assumes its legal, moral, and social responsibility to address racism and ethnic, cultural, 
and religious bias and intolerance. Roxbury Community College works diligently to 
promote a policy of non-discrimination, affirmative action, and inclusion. Roxbury 
Community College maintains and promotes a policy of non-discrimination in employment 
and education on the basis of race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, 
disability, veteran's status, marital status, and national origin. We are committed to a policy 
of affirmative action, equal access, equal opportunity, equal education, non-discrimination, 
and diversity. 

The complete text of this policy is available in the office of Human Resources. 

Building Evacuation Procedure in an Emergency 

1. When an alarm sounds, listen carefully to instructions received via the public address 
system. 

2. If you receive instructions to evacuate, walk to your designated stairwell (see floor plan 
below). Do not use elevators while an alarm is sounding. 

3. When exiting your classroom, laboratory, or office areas, take only wallets and 
handbags; all doors should be closed not locked. 



4. When descending the stairs, use the handrail and stay on the right-hand side in order 
to allow passage on the left-hand side for the fire department. 

5. Proceed cautiously to your designated relocation area unless otherwise instructed, (the 
following are designated areas for relocation: parking lot 1 for the student center, 
academic south plaza for academic south, academic north plaza for academic north 
and the media arts plaza for both the administration and media arts). Do not panic. 

6. Once you reach your designated relocation area, remain there for further instructions 
or the "all clear" command is given. 

7. No one should under any circumstances return to the building unless directed by the 
p.a. announcement. 

THIS EVACUATION PROCEDURE HAS BEEN POSTED ON WALLS AND IN ALL HALLWAYS AROUND 
CAMPUS FOR YOUR SAFETY. 

Children on Campus 

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A. Background 

Roxbury Community College's information technology resources have been assembled to 
facilitate the pursuit of excellence in the College's missions of teaching, learning, and 
service to the greater Roxbury community. The opportunity to use computing systems and 
software, as well as internal and external data networks, is important to all members of the 
College community. To preserve that opportunity for the full community, each individual 
faculty member, staff member, and student must comply with institutional and external 
standards for acceptable use of these shared resources. Although modest personal use of 
College-supplied technology resources may improve the skills of individual users and 
otherwise contribute indirectly to the College's mission, these resources should be used 
primarily for College-related educational and administrative purposes. By using College 
information technology facilities and resources, users agree to abide by all related College 
policies and procedures, as well as applicable federal, state, and local law. Violations may 
result in College disciplinary action or referral to appropriate external authorities. 

The use of College computing resources-like the use of any other College-provided 
resource and like any other College-related activity-is subject to the normal requirements 
of legal and ethical behavior within the College community. Thus, legitimate use of a 
computer, computer system, or network does not extend to whatever is technically 
possible. Although some limitations are built into computer operating systems and 
networks, those limitations are not the sole restrictions on what is permissible. Users must 
abide by all applicable restrictions, whether or not those restrictions are built into the 
operating system or network and whether or not they can be circumvented by technical 
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8. Scope of Policy 

This acceptable use policy applies to all users of College information technology (IT) 
resources. This includes the resources under the management or control of the 
Information Technology Department (IT). Definitions to be used in this policy include the 
following: 

A "user" is defined as any individual who uses, logs into, or attempts to use or log into, a 
system; or who connects to, or attempts to connect to or traverse, a network, whether by 
hardware or software or both, whether on campus or from a remote location. The term 
"user" thus includes faculty, staff, students, consultants, and other customers. 

"Information technology resources" are those facilities, technologies, and information 
resources required to accomplish information processing, storage, and communication, 
whether individually controlled or shared, stand-alone or networked. Included in this 
definition are all classroom technologies, communication devices and services, such as, 
but not limited to, computers, printers, modems, e-mail, fax transmissions, video, multi- 
media, instructional technologies, and administrative systems policy. 

C. Security and Privacy 

The same principles of academic freedom and privacy that have long been applicable to 
written and spoken communications in the College community apply also to electronic 
information. The College cherishes the diversity of perspectives represented on this 
campus and, accordingly, does not condone either censorship or the casual inspection of 
electronic files. 

The College employs various measures to protect the security of its computing resources 
and of its user accounts. Users should be aware; however, that the College cannot 
guarantee such security. Users should therefore engage in "safe computing" practices by 

S establishing appropriate access restrictions for their accounts, guarding their passwords, 
and changing passwords regularly. The College respects encryption rights on its networks 

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Users should also be aware that their use of College computing resources is not 
completely private. While the College does not routinely monitor individual usage of its 
computing resources, the normal operation and maintenance of the College's computing 
resources require the backup of data and communication records, the logging of activity, 
the monitoring of general usage patterns, and other such activities that are necessary for 
the rendition of service. The College may also inspect files or monitor usage for a limited 
time when there is probable cause to believe a user has violated this policy. Inspections 
or monitoring related to violations of this policy must be authorized in advance by the Chief 
Information Officer or by the Chief Information Officer's designee, in consultation with 
College counsel. Such inspections or monitoring will be conducted with notice to the user, 
unless, after consultation with College counsel, it is determined that notice would seriously 
jeopardize substantial interests of the College or of third parties. In addition, a supervisor 
or principal investigator may find it necessary to retrieve a file of assigned work by 
inspection without notice when an employee is unavailable for timely consultation. 



In addition, users should be aware that their right to privacy in electronic records may be 
subject to the College's obligation to respond to subpoenas or other court orders, 
reasonable discovery requests, and requests for documents pursuant to Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts laws. College administrative records are subject to public record 
requests, unless an express exception recognizes the confidentiality of the material. By 
statute, public records include all "records, documents, tape or other information, stored or 
preserved in any medium," whether generated by College administrators, faculty, or staff. 
Although it is the College's position that personal electronic files of faculty, staff, and 
students are not ordinarily to be considered "public records," users should be aware that 
a court of law, and not College officials, may ultimately decide such issues. 

D. Individual Responsibilities 

D1. Use resources appropriately. Uses that interfere with the proper functioning of 

the College's information technology resources are prohibited. Such 

inappropriate uses would include but are not limited to insertions of viruses into 

computer systems, tapping network or running a "sniffer" program, e-mail abuse, % 

Internet abuse, chain letters, destruction of another's files, use of software tools 

that attack IT resources, violation of security standards, and the like. 

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might be unacceptable, and possibly illegal, in other forms of communication will $ 

be equally unacceptable and possibly illegal online. E-mail abuse is defined as: 

■ Sending frivolous or excessive messages, including junk mail, "spamming", \ 49 
chain letters", and other types of unsolicited messages; 

■ Sending unauthorized broadcast or mass e-mail messages; 

■ Interfering with the normal operation and availability of electronic 
communication systems and services such as e-mail; 

■ Sending messages that contain offensive, obscene, or otherwise 
objectionable material. 

Internet abuse is defined as use of College provided Internet services for 
viewing, sending, or retrieving any of the following: 

■ Pornographic material. 

■ Commercial or for-profit purposes. 

■ Personal and private enterprise. 

■ Personal advertisement or political lobbying. 

■ Actions that would destroy, modify, or abuse hardware and software. 

■ Actions that would overload the system bandwidth, such as the downloading 
of music files. 

■ Infiltration of a computer or computing system for any reason. 



Roxbury Community College reserves the right to monitor Internet use, and 
determine if specific uses are consistent with these acceptable use practices. Users 
should also be advised that, in addition to being a violation of College rules, certain 
computer misconduct is prohibited under Massachusetts General Laws, c.266 
subsection 33 (a) and 12 (f) and is, therefore, subject to criminal penalties. Such 
misconduct includes knowingly gaining unauthorized access to a computer system or 
database, falsely obtaining electronic services or data without payment of required 
charges, and destroying of electronically processed, stored, or in-transit data. 

D2. Respect the rights of others. Interference with the ability of other users to make 
appropriate use of the resources is prohibited. Such inappropriate uses include, 
without limitation, invading the privacy of another's files or otherwise gaining 
unauthorized access to the files of another. Such uses would include but are not 
limited to denial of service attacks, misrepresentation, forgery, use of software 
tools that attack IT resources, and the like. 

D3. Adhere to data access policies. Accessing restricted data without permission or 
need to know is prohibited. Where access to restricted data is permitted, use of 
such data shall be limited to the purpose for which access was authorized. 
Secondary use of College data subject to access restriction, without adhering to 
the restrictions, is also not permitted. 

D4. Adhere to software licenses. Persons loading software on any College computer 

must adhere to all licensing requirements for the software. Except where 

allowed by College site licenses, copying software licensed for College use for 

50 '; personal use is a violation of this policy. Users are responsible for adhering to 

agreements for databases licensed by the College. 

D5. Avoid personal use. Information technology resources, particularly e-mail, shall 
not be utilized for personal use, commercial gain, for charitable solicitations, for 
personal political activities, such as campaigning for candidates for public office, 
or for lobbying of public officials. For purposes of this policy, "lobbying" does not 
include individual faculty or staff sharing information or opinions with public 
officials on matters of policy within their areas of expertise. 

D7. Use College name as authorized. Unless authorized to speak for the College, 
users should avoid creating the impression they are doing so. Users shall take 
appropriate steps to avoid the possible inference that communication of a 
message via the College e-mail system or posting to an electronic forum 
connotes official College authorization or endorsement of the message. 

D8. Obey external laws. Information technology resources shall not be used in a 
manner that violates federal, state, or local law, including without limitation the 
federal requirement that the College provide employment and educational 
environments free from race-based or gender-based hostility, state criminal laws 
forbidding harassment, exhibition of obscene materials to minors, rental or sale 
of hard core pornography, official misconduct, computer crime, and federal and 
state copyright and fair use laws. 



D9. Adhere to security requirements. Users will not share their network ID and 
password with any other user or unauthorized person on or off campus. 

E. Administration and Enforcement 

RCC's Information Technology department is charged with communicating this policy to 
the user community to ensure the appropriate use of these resources. Requests for 
interpretation of the policy as applied to particular situations may be directed to the 
appropriate College administrator, such as the Office of Human Resources, IT, or to the 
Office of the Community College General Counsel. 

Reports of apparent violations of the policy may be made to IT, to an employee's 
supervisor, the Human Resources Department or, in the case of a student, to the Office of 
the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Where violations of 
law are alleged, College Security Office or the Office of the Community College General 
Counsel should be contacted. In most instances, concerns of possible violations of this 
policy will be addressed informally by discussion or admonition. Where sanctions are 
appropriate, they may include a formal reprimand, loss of user privileges for a definite or {» 
indefinite period, termination of employment, or, in the case of a student, probation, 
suspension, or expulsion from the College. 

A Supervisor, Department Manager, Dean, or Vice President will address violations of this > 

policy by staff members and have full authority to sanction an immediate stop to the g 

actions in question. Appeals from any formal disciplinary action taken against a unit ;, 

professional staff member will be governed by their specific contractual grievance ffi 

procedure. The Complaint Procedure of the Board of Higher Education Non-Unit 

Professionals Personnel Policies will govern non-unit staff. The Vice President of ( 51 
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs will address violations of this policy by 
students. 

F. Disclaimer 

The College makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, with respect 
to the information technology services it provides. The College will not be responsible for 
damages resulting from the use of communication facilities and services, including, but not 
limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, service 
interruptions caused by the negligence of a College employee, or by the user's error or 
omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's risk. The 
College specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information 
obtained through its electronic communication facilities and services, except material 
represented as an official College record. The College also does not accept responsibility 
for removing material that some users may consider defamatory or otherwise offensive. 
Users should be advised, however, that dissemination of such material may subject them 
to liability in other forums. 

CORI Policy 

In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community, or clinical 
program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the 
elderly, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information 



(CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. Students found 
to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible 
to participate in such activities. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Criminal 
History Systems Board pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 
167-178B, to access CORI records. The College shall refer to regulations issued by the 
Commonwealth's Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 101 Code of 
Massachusetts Regulations 15.00-15.16, as guidance when assessing a student's CORI 
records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General 
Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P. 

SORI Policy 

In addition to the review of student's CORI for particular programs, Roxbury Community 
College may now also access a student's Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI). For 
additional information or clarification, students should contact the Dean of their program. 

For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact 
Human Resources, Administration Building, Room 313. 

Sexual Harassment 

Roxbury Community College is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that is 
free of any conduct that could be considered harassing, abusive, or disorderly. In order to 
ensure that the College meets its obligation to all members of the community, procedures 
and programs have been established to promptly address all forms of harassment. 

Sexual harassment is an abuse of power which is considered demeaning and interferes 
with one's ability to work or participate in educational activities. Sexual harassment 
includes, but is not limited to, the following: 

a. Sexual advances. 

b. Requests for sexual favors. 

c. Other physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to or rejection of such 
advances, requests, or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or 
condition of employment or a basis for education or employment decisions. Such 
conduct has the purpose, or effect, of creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, 
or sexually offensive educational, employment, or living environment. 

Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, Section 4(1) and Section 16A, sexual 
harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is illegal. 

If you believe that you have been subjected to sexual harassment or if you wish more 
information about sexual harassment and grievance procedures, see the Vice President of 
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (Administration Building, Room 202) who 
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Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings. If a student is unable to 
attend a class, it is the student's responsibility to make up work that was missed as a result 
of the absence. Each faculty member defines excessive absence in the course syllabus. 
If a student is excessively absent, a failing grade may be given for the course. Roxbury 
Community College supports and enforces the attendance policy as stated on every 
course syllabus. 

Students who have missed, or know that they will miss, more than three consecutive 
classes due to illness should contact their dean and academic/faculty advisor. Upon 
receipt of documentation regarding the illness, the dean will notify the appropriate faculty 
in writing that the student's absence was due to a documented illness. 

Auditing 

An audited course does not earn a letter grade or credits toward a degree, certificate, or 
satisfy graduation requirements. However, students registering for a course on an audit- 
only basis will be charged for the course. The course will appear on the student's transcript 
as a grade of "All." An audited course does not show credits attempted or earned and will 
not be considered by the Financial Aid Office when awarding financial aid. 



Change of Academic Major 

To change your major: 

1. Obtain a Change of Major Form from the Registrar in the Enrollment Center or 
Academic Advising. 

2. Meet with your academic faculty advisor to discuss the change of program. 

3. Complete the Change of Major Form and obtain the appropriate signatures. 

4. Return the completed form to the Registrar's Office in the Enrollment Center. 

NOTE: You may not register for courses in the new Major of Study until the form has been 
processed by the Registrar. When a major change is approved, you must meet all 
graduation requirements in effect at the time of the major change. Please be aware that a 
major change may lengthen the time needed to complete graduation requirements. 

Change of Name and/or Address 

If you change your name or address while enrolled at the College, you must complete a 
Change of Name/Address form, which is available at the Registrar in the Enrollment 
Center. 

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Enrolled students who require verification of enrollment for payment of tuition and fees or 
insurance purposes must obtain a Request for Certification Form available at the Registrar jj 
in the Enrollment Center. The processing time for certifications is three-to-five business 

days. Certifications are stamped with the official school seal and placed in a sealed ..- 

envelope. Certifications may be forwarded directly to a third party if requested by the ( 55 
student. There is no fee for this service. 

Loan Deferment Certification 

Students who have student loans from other institutions may submit their loan deferment 
forms to the Registrar in the Enrollment Center for enrollment verification. You may only 
be certified for current or previous semesters in which they were registered. There is no 
fee for processing loan deferment forms. 

Transfer Credits 

Students who have attended another college may apply transfer credits toward a degree 
program at Roxbury Community College. 
The following criteria must be met: 

1. The course must be required in the student's course of study or fulfill a general 
education requirement. 

2. A grade of "C" or better was earned at a regionally accredited college or university. 

3. Passing "P"grades will be accepted for transfer credit only as general elective credits 
when a student can demonstrate that the "P" grade is equivalent to a "C" or higher. 

4. Credits earned ten years prior to enrollment at Roxbury Community College are not 
accepted for transfer credit unless approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs. 



5. A maximum of 30 credits can be accepted for transfer toward an Associate Degree 
at Roxbury Community College. 

Transcript Requests 

Transcripts are available in the Registrar's Office in the Enrollment Center for a fee of 
$5.00. A Transcript Request Form must be completed and submitted. Allow 5 business 
days for processing requests. A same day official transcript may be obtained for $10.00. 
Transcripts will not be released if you have outstanding financial obligations to the College. 

Veterans Counseling 

We are happy to serve our Veterans. Please visit www.gibill.va.gov or contact your 
nearest VA representative (V.A. Buffalo: 888-442-4551) in order to obtain your Certificate 
of Benefits. Please bring a printed copy of your paper work that confirms your status as 
a current or former member of the United States Armed Forces (example: DD 214), 
waivers, Orders, and proof of health insurance to the Registrar's Office, Administration 
Building, Room 102. 

Please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_lnfo/CH33/Post-911.htm for information 
concerning the Post 9/11 Gl Bill. Please contact the Registrar's Office for further 
information and a Veteran's package. If you are a CURRENT MEMBER OF THE 
MASSACHUSETTS NATIONAL GUARD please visit the following website 
http://mro.chs.state.ma.us/tuition/login.aspxhr instructions on how to receive your tuition 
and fee waiver. Finally, all veterans must complete the admissions process and provide 
proof of high school diploma or GED. 

56 .. ; Senior Citizens 

„ In the Day Division, residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are 60 years 
° of age or older are eligible to enroll in credit courses on a space-available basis, tuition- 
free. However, all fees must be paid prior to the first class. Seniors may register with tuition 
waivers on a space-available basis. Seniors may also register for non-credit courses free 
of charge on a space-available basis. In the Division of Continuing Education, seniors are 

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Office of Student Life and Student Engagement 

Academic Building, Room 353 
Clubs and Organizations 

The College recognizes that significant learning occurs outside the classroom. Through > 
the Office of Student Life and Student Engagement, cultural, social, and recreational m 
activities offer opportunities for students to share their ideas and experiences with one 
another in an atmosphere of acceptance and tolerance. All student clubs and 
organizations are assisted in their development through the Office of Student Life and 
Student Engagement. Although clubs and organizations vary in their activities from 
year-to-year, listed below are the current clubs: 

Bible Club • Cheerleading Club • Chess Club • Community service Club • Creative 
Writing Club • Economic Club • Galileo Science Club • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) • 
International Multicultural • Muslim Student Association • Photography Club • Pizza & 
Politics Club • RCC Alfa Gamma XI Step Team • RCC Garden Club • Sister 2 Sister 
Club • Student Newspaper • Technology Club • Video Club (As of Fall 2012) 

For more information contact the Director of Student Life and Student Engagement at 
(617) 541-5332, Academic Building, Room 353. 

New organizations may be formed at the beginning of the fall semester. In order for a 
student club or organization to use the College name and facilities, you must submit an 
application for club recognition and have it approved by the Student Government 
Association. This form is available in the Office of Student Life and Student Engagement, 
Room 317, Student Center. Each club must have a faculty or staff advisor, must be open 
to all students, and perform within the policies of the College or the Constitution of the 
Student Government Association. 

Bulletin Boards 

Bulletin boards are located in every College building. Any material posted on College 
bulletin boards must be approved and stamped by the Office of Student Life and Student 



Engagement. Any material not stamped, or any material that is posted in places other than 
bulletin boards (i.e. pillars, walls and elevators), will be removed. All materials must be 
removed within 24 hours of the end of the activity. 

Student Government Association 

The Student Government Association (SGA) is comprised of 12 elected students, chosen 
each year by their peers, to act as the official representatives of the student body at 
Roxbury Community College. SGA represents students when issues and policies affect 
student life at Roxbury Community College, advises the College governance structure by 
serving on all College governance committees, and acts as liaison between the College 
administration and students. SGA assists in planning activities and overseeing the 
allocation of funds to recognized student clubs and organizations. 

Student Government Association meetings are held weekly during the Tuesday activity 
period. All students are invited to attend. Meeting notices are posted on campus bulletin 
boards and video monitors. 

Student Lounge/Game Room 

The Student Lounge is located on the first floor of the Academic Building, Room128. 
Cards, chess, and other board games for use in the lounges are available in the Office of 
Student Life and Student Engagement. The game room, where you can play ping-pong 
and pool, is located in the Academic Building, Room 132. Hours of operation are posted 
at the beginning of each semester. 

International/Multicultural Student Institute 

The International/Multicultural Student Institute at Roxbury Community College located in 
the Academic Building, Room 130 will provide a central meeting place and resources 
clearing house for RCC students and members of the larger RCC community. The Institute 
will foster cross cultural understanding through various workshops, multicultural activities, 
forums, and other activities. The Institute aims to enhance the overall educational 
experience of RCC students by emphasizing the great value found in our cultural diversity. 

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Mentoring for Success 

Office of Student Life and Student Engagement - Academic Building, Room 353, Tel: 617-541-5328 
Students have the opportunity to apply to the Mentoring for Success program and gain 
additional resources on campus. The program strives to empower first-generation college 
students (neither parent has received a higher education degree) to achieve both 
academic and personal success at Roxbury Community College. Through one-to-one 
mentoring relationships, the program supports students by assisting them with the 
confidence, resources, and support they need to achieve their potential. Students in the 
program are paired with a volunteer mentor and make a commitment to meet for 1 
hour/week for 2 semesters. Our volunteer mentors are RCC faculty and staff and our 
volunteer peer-mentors are RCC alumni and current RCC high-achieving students. 

*Note: Due to our current grant funding, preference will be given to student-mentee 
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Student Code of Conduct 

Definitions 

Accused Student - The student who is alleged to have violated the College's Student 
Code of Conduct. 

Administrative Disposition - A resolution of a complaint, which is mutually agreed upon 
by the CCO and the Accused Student. An administrative disposition shall result in an 
Accused Student waiving his/her right to a Judicial Board hearing or Appeal. 

Appeals Officer - The College's Vice President of Student Services or designee 

Code of Conduct Officer (CCO) - The College Official charged with the responsibility of 
administering the College's Student Code of Conduct. A member of the Massachusetts 
Community College Council (MCCC) shall not be selected to serve as the CCO. 

College Property - Includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the 
possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College, including adjacent streets and 
sidewalks. 

Complaint -An allegation of a violation of the Code of Conduct, which is filed with or by 
the CCO. 

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each level shall be considered as a maximum. All reasonable efforts shall be made to 
expedite the process, but the CCO may extend the time limits at his/her discretion with 
notice to both parties in writing. 

Judicial Board - Members of the College community selected by the Code of Conduct 
Officer to conduct a hearing when it has been determined by the CCO that a violation of 
the Student Code of Conduct has occurred. Members of the Judicial Board shall act in a 
fair and impartial manner. 

Student- Includes all persons taking courses at the College, both full-time and part-time, 
credit and non-credit. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who 
have a continuing academic relationship with the College are considered "students." 

Conflict of Interest 

Any member of the Judicial Board, Grievance Committee, the Dean of Student Judicial 
Affairs or any member associated with Student Discipline or Student Grievance 
procedures must disclose any conflict of interest and recuse (remove) themselves from 
the process. In the case of the Dean of Student Judicial Affairs, he/she shall recuse 
(excuse) him/herself and refer the matter to the Vice President of Enrollment Management 
and Student Affairs Office for handling. 

Disciplinary Offenses 

A student shall be subject to disciplinary action under this policy for engaging in acts 
including, but not limited to: 

I . Physical violence or the threat thereof and/or any conduct that threatens or endangers 
60 '] the health or safety of any person. 

'"-"' 2. Creating or false reporting of bombs. 

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3. Extortion - The use, or the express or implicit threat of the use, of violence or other 
criminal means to cause harm to person, reputation, or property as a means to obtain 
property from someone else without his/her consent. 

o 4. Unauthorized use of fire alarm or fire equipment. 

5. Unauthorized or illegal gambling. 

6. Hate Crimes as defined under state or federal law. 

7. Hazing as defined under state or federal law. 

8. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or 
dangerous chemicals on College premises. 

9. Conduct resulting in a violation of the College's Computer/Technology Acceptable Use 
and/or Email Policies. 

10. Failure to comply with directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting 
in performance of their duties, including failure to identify oneself when requested to 
do so. 

II. Violation of College's drug and/or alcohol policies. 
12. Breach of peace; including disorderly, lewd, or indecent conduct, or aiding, abetting, 



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sponsored by, or participated in, by the College. 

13. Defacement or destruction of College property. 

14. Acting in a manner that interferes with or disrupts the normal and/or safe operation of 
the College, including but not limited to disrupting or interfering in the educational 
process. 

15. Harassment (verbal or physical) and or intimidation of a member of the College 
Community. 

16. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following: 

a. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of § 
identification; 

b. Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office; or 



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organization. 

17. Acts of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to the following: 

a. Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; 

b. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in % 
writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other 
assignments; or 8] 

c. The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging ..-• ■ 

to a member of the College faculty or staff. I 6 1 

d. Plagiarism, which is defined as the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the 
published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear 
acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared 
by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other 
academic materials. Taking credit for work done by another person or doing work 
for which another person will receive credit. Copying or purchasing other's work or 
arranging for others to do work under a false name. 

18. Abuse of the Disciplinary process, including but not limited to: 

a. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Judicial 
Board. 

b. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding. 

c. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the 
judicial system. 

d. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Judicial Board prior to, 
and/or during the course of, the judicial proceeding. 

e. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Judicial 
Board prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding. 

f. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code. 



g. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the 
judicial system. 

19. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College premises or 
unauthorized entry to or use of College premises. 

20. Unauthorized solicitation, including but not limited to sale of goods and services for 
personal profit. 

21. Unauthorized activity that constitutes forgery. 

22. Violation of State or Federal Laws not otherwise enumerated herein. 

23. Violation of published College policies, rules, or regulations not otherwise enumerated 
herein. 

Discipline in the Classroom or on College Property 

Disrupting or interfering in the educational process is prohibited under this policy. If a 

student engages in disruptive conduct in the classroom or anywhere on campus, a faculty 

member or other college employee may address and informally resolve the matter without 

filing a complaint under the Code. A faculty member or other college employee may 

exercise his/her right to immediately remove a disruptive student from a class meeting or 

other college area. On the first occasion when a student is removed from a classroom or 

other college area, the faculty member or other college employee is strongly encouraged 

to notify the CCO. In all subsequent cases of removing a student from a classroom or 

other college area, the faculty member or other college employee shall notify the CCO. A 

faculty member or other college employee may seek the assistance of college security if 

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removal of a student from the classroom is intended to be permanent, a complaint under 

this policy shall be filed with the CCO by the faculty member. The CCO can exercise 

his/her discretion to allow the accused student to attend class during the disciplinary 

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conduct when such conduct adversely affects the College Community, poses a threat of 
harm to the College Community; interferes with the College's pursuit of its objectives and 
mission, and/or if a student is charged with a violation of state or federal law. Proceedings 
under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil 
or criminal proceedings off-campus. 

Interim Suspension 

The College reserves the right to issue an interim suspension when it reasonably 
concludes that a student poses a threat to: (a) him/herself or others; (b) College property 
or equipment; or (c) disrupts or interferes with the normal operations of the College. During 
an interim suspension, a student is prohibited from entering upon College's property or 
participating in any College activities. 



Complaints Alleging Sexual Harassment or Discrimination 

Claims of discrimination or sexual harassment shall be pursued under the College's 
Affirmative Action Plan. For more information, please contact the Director of Human 
Resources, the College's Affirmative Action Officer, at Roxbury Community College 
Human Resources Department. 

Code of Conduct Disciplinary Process 

The Disciplinary Process is initiated once a complaint is filed against a student by a 
member of the College community or by the CCO. This policy is not intended to prevent 
members of the College Community from attempting to resolve matters informally. Failure 
to cooperate with the College's investigation of an alleged Code of Conduct violation will 
result in the student forfeiting his/her rights to a hearing or appeal and/or may result in 
disciplinary action. 



(1) Verbal or Written Warnings - For low-level offenses, the CCO may issue a verbal 
or written warning to the Accused Student. Warnings shall not be subject to a 
hearing before a Judicial Board or an appeal. 

(2) Administrative Disposition - Under an Administrative Disposition, the Accused 
Student and the CCO mutually agree upon a disciplinary remedy. By accepting 
the Administrative Disposition, the Accused Student waives his/her right to a 
hearing before the Judicial Board or an appeal. 

(3) Judicial Board Hearing - When an Administrative Disposition cannot be reached, 
the CCO shall refer the alleged violation to the Judicial Board for a hearing. 
Please see Section 2 below for Judicial Board rules. 

Failure to cooperate with the College's investigation of an alleged Code of Conduct 
violation, which includes appearing before a Judicial Board or College official if summoned 
to do so, will result in the student forfeiting his/her rights to a hearing or appeal and/or may 
result in disciplinary action. 

2. Judicial Board Hearing 

a. A hearing with the Judicial Board shall be scheduled by the CCO not later than 
thirty (30) days following an Accused Student's reguest for a hearing. 

b. A written Statement of Charges shall be presented to the Accused Student not less 
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a All complaints under the Code of Conduct shall be filed with or by the CCO. 

b. When the CCO files or receives a complaint alleging that a student has acted in a 
manner which may be in violation of the Code, the CCO initiates the disciplinary 
process by meeting with the Accused Student, putting him/her on notice of the 
alleged violation and providing him/her an opportunity to respond to the § 
allegations. The CCO may conduct a further investigation if necessary. 

c. If the CCO determines that a violation exists, three procedural options are 
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c. A Judicial Board hearing is an administrative hearing. The rules of evidence do 
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d. In a matter involving more that one Accused Student, the Judicial Board may 
permit at its discretion individual hearings for each Accused Student. 

e. The Accused Party has the right to be accompanied by any advisor of his/her own 
choosing and at his/her own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. An 
advisor's role is limited to advising the Accused Student directly. An advisor is not 
permitted to participate directly in the hearing. 

Conduct of Hearing 

a. A hearing is normally conducted in private. 



b. There shall be a record created of all hearings. The record shall be the property 
of the College. 

c. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the Judicial Board. 

d. Admission of any person(s) to the hearing shall be at the discretion of the Judicial 
Board. 

e. A hearing shall proceed as follows: 

• The CCO presents the Statement of Charges on behalf of the College. The 
CCO may present documents, materials and/or witnesses in support of the 
Statement of Charges. 

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present documents, materials and/or witnesses in response to the Statement 

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party, their witnesses and/or review all information presented. The Judicial 
Board has the discretion to request additional documents, materials or 
information from either party. 

• While direct cross-examination by the parties is not permitted, each party will 

be given the opportunity to question the other by presenting questions through | 
the Judicial Board. If the Board determines a question is relevant, the other 
party will be asked to respond. S3 

• The Board shall have a final opportunity to question the parties. 

f. After the hearing, the Judicial Board shall determine by majority vote whether the 
Statement of Charges has been proven. 

g. In reaching its decision, the Judicial Board shall determine whether it is more likely 
than not that the Accused Student violated the Code of Conduct based on the 
information presented. 

h. Within fifteen (15) days of the conclusion of a hearing, the Judicial Board shall 
issue a written decision outlining its findings and disciplinary action, if any, to the 
parties. 

4. Sanctions 

A student found in violation of the College's Code of Conduct shall be subject to one or 
more of the following sanctions: 

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The intent of the College is to impose sanctions in a progressive manner, beginning with 
the least punitive sanction. However, depending on the nature and severity of a student's 
violation the College reserves the right to impose any of the above-referenced sanctions 
at any time. 

5. Appeal 

a. Within five (5) days of receiving the Judicial Board's decision, either the CCO or 
the Accused Student may appeal the Judicial Board's decision to the College's 
Appeals Officer. 

b. An appeal must be in writing and be based on a credible claim that: the hearing 
was not conducted in conformity with the Code of Conduct; the decision was not 
supported by a preponderance of the evidence presented; the sanction imposed 
was not appropriate in light of the Judicial Board's decision; or new evidence 
exists, which was not presented at hearing because it was not reasonably known 
to the Accused Student at that time, and which is sufficiently relevant such that it 
could alter the Judicial Board's decision. 

c. The Appeals Officer shall issue a written decision within ten (10) days of receiving 
the appeal. The Appeals Officer may accept, reject or modify the Judicial Board's 
decision or sanction. 

d. The Appeals Officer's decision shall be final. 

Steps to Promoting Positive Classroom Atmosphere 

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. 

Students are expected to be in class on time. 

Students are expected to remain in class for the entire instructional period. 

Students are expected to remain alert throughout the entire instructional period. 

Students are expected to come to class free of alcohol and/or drugs. 

Students are expected to be respectful of opposing opinions. 

Students are expected to not interrupt a faculty member or other students when they 
are speaking. 

Students are expected to address student specific concerns prior to or after the 
instructional period. 

Students are expected to use respectful language throughout the instructional period. 

Students are expected to receive the faculty's permission prior to using cell phones, 
laptops, or other electronic equipment. 

11. Item 25 of the Student Code of Conduct states: "Discipline in the Class: Disrupting 
the classroom is a violation of the College's Student Code of Conduct. Such Conduct 
shall include, but not limited to cell phone use, text messaging, speaking without 
permission, eating food in the classroom, and not following the directions of the 
instructor. A faculty member has the right to remove a disruptive student from class, 
pending a review of the situation by the Dean of Enrollment Management and 
Student Judicial Affairs." 



Roxbury Community College Good Neighbor Policy 

Roxbury Community College strives to be a good neighbor in the community where we are 
located, and we need your help in this regard. Please refrain from loitering on the abutting 
property of all nearby residents without their permission. If you do so, you may be 
trespassing and could face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. 

Drug and Alcohol Policy 

Roxbury Community College, in accordance with legal mandates and its philosophy of 
establishing and maintaining an environment of learning and a supportive environment in 
which to conduct the business and mission of the College, will enforce the following w 
policies: 

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1 . The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol or 
of a controlled substance is prohibited on the campus of Roxbury Community College 
or as part of any college-related activity. Students or employees who violate these 
restrictions shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including > 
suspension, expulsion or discharge. They shall also be subject to referrals for criminal 
prosecution. Where students or employees are convicted of violating a criminal drug m 
or alcohol statute related to a college activity, the College should ordinarily expel or 3 
discharge the offender, absent mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances 
shall include, but shall not be limited to, consideration of a handicap under federal f 
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2. Roxbury Community College shall cooperate in the enforcement of federal and state 

laws concerning illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages. Massachusetts statutes ( 67 

pertaining to alcohol and illegal drugs include Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter '■■■•■■ 
94C (Controlled Substance Act), Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 272, Section 

59 (Public Drinking), and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90, Section 24 
(Operating under the Influence, Open Container). 

3. Under-age drinking is prohibited at Roxbury Community College functions and on any 
part of the campus. 

4. No College funds, Student Activities fees, or All-College fees shall be used to 
purchase alcoholic beverages. Roxbury Community College additionally prohibits 
alcoholic beverages at any College event (on or off campus) that is intended for 
students or student participation. A College event is one that utilizes College facilities, 
College funds, Student Activities fees or all College fees or is represented as being a 
College function. The President of the College or designee must approve such events 
in writing. All purchase orders for student events will exclude payment for alcoholic 
beverages. Faculty and staff who serve as advisors or chaperones to groups holding 
such events should understand that they will be expected to monitor the 
implementation of the Student Alcohol Policy. 

5. On May 18, 1999, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education amended its Alcohol 
Policy (BHE 98-01) and the guidelines for Campus Safety and Security and Campus 
Codes of Conduct (FAAP 97-32) by adding the requirement that, consistent with the 
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Roxbury Community College 



shall notify the parents of students under 21 years of age each time they have been 
determined to be in violation of the campus alcohol policy. 

For further written information regarding medical risks associated with drug use and 
regarding treatment, see the complete Drug and Alcohol Policy, available at the Office of 
the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. 

Chapter 151C. Fair Educational Practices 

Section 2B. Absence of student due to religious beliefs 

Any student in an educational or vocational training institution, other than a religious or 
denominational educational or vocational training institution, who is unable, because of his 
religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work 
requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or study or 
work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, 
study, or work requirement which he may have missed because of such absence on any 
particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create 
an unreasonable burden upon such school. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the 
institution for making available to the said student such opportunity. No adverse or 
prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the 
provisions of this section. 

A copy of this section shall be published by each institution of higher education in the 
catalog of such institution containing the list of available courses. 

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 

Student Rights under FERPA 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights 
with respect to their education records. They are: 

8 1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of 
the day the College receives a request for access. 

Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other 
| appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The 
College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and 
place where the records may be inspected. If the College official to whom the request was 
submitted does not maintain the records, that official shall advise the student of the correct 
official to whom the request should be addressed. 

2. The right to request the amendment of student's education records that the 
student believes are inaccurate or misleading or otherwise in violation of the 
student's privacy rights under FERPA. 

A student who wishes to ask the College to amend should write the College official 
responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants 
changed, and specify why it should be changed. 

If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College 
will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing 
regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing 



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procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. 

3. The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally 
identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent 
that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 

The College discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under 
the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. 
A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, 
academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel 
and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent 
to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, co 
auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student 
serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or g 
assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. 2 

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an 
education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. 



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another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. 

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4. The right to be notified annually by the College of what student record 
information the College designates as "directory information," and the right to 
request that no student information be designated as directory information. 

The College identifies the following student information as directory information: 

■ Name 

■ Gender 

■ Local address and telephone number 

■ College e-mail address 

■ Major and minor field(s) of study, including the division or program in which a student 
is enrolled 

■ Classification as a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate, or by number 
referring to such classes 

■ Course load, e.g., full-time or part-time 

■ Dates of attendance and graduation, and degrees received 

Directory information may be released by the College to a requesting third-party without a 
student's prior written consent. A student has the right to request that none or only some 
of his/her student record information be designated as directory information. A student 
must notify the College's Registrar, in writing, within two (2) weeks of the beginning of each 
academic semester if he/she does not wish to have any or some of his/her student 
information designated as directory information. 

Notwithstanding the College's definition of directory information, the Department of 
Defense (the "DOD"), pursuant to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 
(the "Solomon Amendment"), identifies the following information as "student recruiting 
information": NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE LISTING, AGE (or year of birth), PLACE 



OF BIRTH, LEVEL OF EDUCATION (e.g., freshman, sophomore), DEGREE AWARDED, 
MOST RECENT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION ATTENDED, and CURRENT MAJOR(S). 

If the College receives a request for student recruiting information from the DOD, or one 
of its affiliated agencies, the College will release the student recruiting information 
requested. Because the information sought by the DOD may include information not 
designated as directory information under the College's policy, compliance with the DOD's 
request may result in the release of personally identifiable information. When student 
recruiting information is released pursuant to a DOD request, notice of the request and the 
release of the information will be posted in a conspicuous location in the College's 
Registrar's Office for a period equaling one academic year. 

If a student has exercised his/her right to request that no information be designated as 
directory information, then no information shall be released to any third party, including the 
DOD. 

5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning 
alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements ofFERPA. 

The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: 

Family Policy Compliance Office 

U.S. Department of Education 
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. 
Washington, DC 20202-5901. 

Grievance Policy 

Policy Goal: Conflict Resolution 

Before invoking the Student Grievance Procedure, a reasonable effort shall be made by 

those involved in a dispute to resolve it amicably. A dispute is most effectively handled and 

resolved by those closest to the problem, having the best understanding of the issues, and 

having the ability to formulate a mutually acceptable resolution. Therefore, it is in the best 

interest of the student, the potential subject of a grievance, and the College to resolve 

§ disputes through open and cooperative dialogue. Only when such efforts are unsuccessful 

< should the Student Grievance Procedure be invoked. Throughout all phases of the 

Student Grievance Procedure, all reasonable efforts shall be made to maintain 

o confidentiality in accordance with applicable law. 

m Definitions 

1. COMPLAINT: the informal, unwritten stage of an allegation of mistreatment. 

2. GRIEVANCE: a written complaint filed by a student with the person specifically 
alleging an abridgment of his or her rights as a student. 

3. GRIEVANT: the student or students filing the complaint or grievance. The Grievant 
must have been a registered student of the College at the time of the alleged 
mistreatment. 

4. RESPONDING PARTY: the person against whom a complaint or grievance is 
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5. STUDENT GRIEVANCE OFFICER: a College employee assigned responsibility for 
administering the Student Grievance Procedure, including the maintenance of 
specified records. The Student Grievance Officer shall ordinarily be the Senior 
Student Affairs Officer or his/her designee. If this individual is the person against 
whom the grievance is filed, the President shall designate another College official to 
act as the Student Grievance Officer. 

6. TIME: the number of days indicated at each level shall be considered as a maximum. 
All reasonable efforts shall be made to expedite the process, but the President or 
his/her designee may extend the time limits in extenuating circumstances with notice 
to both parties in writing, or by mutual written agreement between the Grievant and 
the Responding Party. 

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The Student Grievance Procedure may be used by a student to address complaints c 
concerning the alleged abridgment of the student's rights, as stated in the College's ^ 

Student Handbook and/or Policy Guide. The student Grievant or the Responding Party 

may consult with the Student Grievance Officer at any time. /' 71 

The Student Grievance Procedure may not be used for complaints alleging sexual 
harassment or discrimination. When a student believes that he/she has been 
discriminated against due to his/her race, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, 
age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or national origin, the College's 
Affirmative Action Grievance Procedure is a mechanism for resolution. The College's 
Affirmative Action Grievance Procedure is contained in the College's Affirmative Action 
Plan. The College's Affirmative Action Officer (617) 427-0060 ext. 5386, Building 2 Room 
313 

At any Level of the Student Grievance Procedure, either party may request mediation by 
contacting the Student Grievance Officer. Mediation shall be mutually agreed upon, and 
not unreasonably refused by either party. The Student Grievance Officer shall select an 
impartial mediator who shall be mutually agreed upon and not unreasonably refused by 
either party, make the arrangements, determine the timetable for the mediation process, 
and inform the parties of the timetable in writing. Where practicable, a mediation session 
shall be conducted no later than thirty (30) days after requested and agreed to by the 
parties. The purpose of mediation is to resolve the dispute to the satisfaction of both 
parties. If a resolution cannot be achieved, the Grievant may proceed with the Grievance 
Process. 

A claim of physical or sexual assault shall not proceed under the Student Grievance 
Procedure. A student claiming physical or sexual assault by an employee of the College 



shall report the incident to the College's Security Department and/or the Director of Human 
Resources. A student claiming physical or sexual assault by another student or an 
employee claiming physical or sexual assault by a student shall report the incident to the 
College's Security Department and/or the Dean/Vice President of Student Affairs. 

Further, in matters involving physical assault, students and employees are strongly 
encouraged to report the incident to the local authorities. 

Except for under extenuating circumstances, as determined by the President or his/her 
designee, failure by either party to comply with the Student Grievance Procedure during 
the course of a grievance shall result in the waiving of the noncompliant party's rights 
under the Procedure. 

Level One - Informal Procedure 

This is the informal stage where most complaints are resolved. The Grievant and the 
Responding Party should consult with the Student Grievance Officer at this time. 

A student Grievant initiates the informal phase of the grievance process. The grievant 
shall first present his/her complaint orally and informally to the Responding Party. This 
shall be done in a reasonable period of time, not exceeding thirty (30) calendar days 
following the instructional period when the grievant knew or should have known of the 
grievable act or inaction. 

The Responding Party must respond to the Grievant's complaint within ten (10) days. 
Though this phase of the process is informal, the parties may present their positions in 
writing. If the matter is not resolved informally within ten (10) calendar days from the date 
a response to the complaint was due, the Grievant may proceed to Level Two. 

Level Two - Formal Procedure 

Prior to filing a written grievance at Level Two, a Grievant must consult with the Student 
Grievance Officer. The Responding Party should also consult with the Student Grievance 
Officer at this phase of the process. 

L2 - Step One 

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resolved informally at Level One. 

w The Grievant may, within ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the Student Grievance 
Officer's written notice, file with the Student Grievance Officer a formal written grievance. 
The grievance shall contain the following information: the name and title of the person(s) 
against whom the grievance is directed, a statement of all known facts, documents and 
materials supporting the grievance, a list of individuals who have information pertinent to 
the grievance, and the relief sought by the Grievant. All supporting documents, if any, shall 
be attached to the grievance as part of the grievance. The grievance shall also state the 
date it is filed and that it is being filed at "Level Two, Step One." 

The grievance may be filed with the Student Grievance Officer by regular mail, certified 
mail, or in hand. Thereafter, the Student Grievance Officer shall deliver the grievance, and 
all supporting documents, if any, to the Responding Party within five (10) calendar days. 
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Grievance Officer shall use reasonable means to deliver the grievance within a reasonable 
period of time. 

The Responding Party shall forward a written Level Two - Step One response to the 
Student Grievance Officer within ten (10) calendar days of his/her receipt of the grievance. 
The Student Grievance Officer shall deliver the written response to the Grievant within five 
(10) calendar days of receipt. 

L2 - Step Two (Supervisor Level) 

If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the Grievant within ten (10) calendar 
days after his/her receipt of the Step One response, or if no written response is submitted, 
the Grievant may within ten (10) calendar days after the written response was received or 
due, request the Student Grievance Officer to forward the written grievance and response, 
if any, to the supervisor of the Responding Party, with a copy to the Senior Officer of the 
work area of the Responding Party. 

The supervisor shall investigate the grievance and confer with the Senior Officer. The 
supervisor shall forward his/her written decision to the Student Grievance Officer, within 
ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the Step Two grievance. Thereafter, the Student 5 
Grievance Officer shall deliver the decision to the Grievant and the Responding Party 
within five (5) calendar days. 

At any time before the issuance of the Supervisor's Step Two decision, the Senior Officer 
may request that the parties meet to discuss the issue and attempt to resolve it. 

Grade appeals do not go beyond this Step (Level Two - Step Two) per the section on 
Grade Appeals. 

Either party to a grievance may raise no new issues or allegations after Step Two. 

L2 - Step Three (Student Grievance Committee Level) 

If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the Grievant within the period allowed 
at Level Two - Step Two, the Grievant may request a hearing before a Student Grievance 
Committee. Such a request must be in writing and presented to the Student Grievance 
Officer within ten (10) calendar days from the issuance of the Supervisor's Level Two - 
Step Two decision. 

Within ten (10) calendar days of the Student Grievance Officer's receipt of the Grievant's 
request for a hearing, the Student Grievance Officer shall arrange a hearing before a 
Student Grievance Committee. The Student Grievance Officer shall use reasonable 
efforts to schedule the hearing at a time mutually convenient to the parties. At least 
twenty-four (24) hours prior to the hearing, the Student Grievance Officer shall provide 
each member of the Committee and all parties to the grievance with copies of the 
grievance, responses to the grievance, decisions issued, and all relevant supporting 
documentation and materials. The Committee's make-up and hearing rules are discussed 
later in this policy. 

The Committee shall deliver its findings and recommendations to the Student Grievance 
Officer within ten (10) calendar days following the hearing. A copy of the Committee's 
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and the President or his/her designee, within five (5) calendar days of receipt. 

Within ten (10) calendar days of the President's receipt of the Committee's findings and 
recommendations, the President or his/her designee, shall issue a written statement 
accepting, modifying or rejecting the Committee's recommendations. 

The decision of the President, or his/her designee, shall be final and binding on all parties. 

Grade Appeals 

Complaints or grievances filed in connection with assigned grades represent a special 
case within the grievance procedure. Grading reflects careful and deliberate assessment 
of a student's performance by the instructing professional(s). As such decisions are 
necessarily judgmental, the substance of those decisions may not be delegated to the 
grievance process. Nevertheless, the College recognizes that in rare cases the process 
of grading may be subject to error or injustice. 

Except as otherwise provided by separate appeals procedures for clinical programs as 
approved by the President of the College, a student who alleges an error or injustice in the 
grading process may file a grievance under the Student Grievance Procedure. A grade 
appeal grievance shall proceed no further than Level Two, Step Two. For purposes of a 
grade appeal, the Senior Academic Officer of the College, or his/her designee, shall serve 
as the Student Grievance Officer throughout the grade appeal process. 

If the faculty member who assigned the challenged grade is no longer employed by the 
College or is not available within the timelines specified (see "Time" definition), the student 
may initiate his/her Level One complaint with the chief administrator of the appropriate 
instructional division (who shall be identified by the Senior Academic Officer). 

If at any level substantial evidence of error is produced, the grading process may be 
remanded to the instructor of record for reassessment. If the instructor of record is no 

| longer available, the chief administrator of the appropriate instructional division or his/her 

5 designee shall instead reassess the grading process. 

g Membership Of The Student Grievance Committee 

The composition of the College's Student Grievance Committee shall consist of five 
members: one student, one unit professional, one faculty member, one non-unit 
professional and one unit classified employee. The President or his/her designee shall 
appoint each member from among the recommendations submitted by the Student 
: ; Grievance Officer. 

Service on a Committee shall be voluntary, provided that a member who has a personal 
interest in the particular grievance shall be ineligible to serve on a Grievance Committee. 
All College employees serving on a Student Grievance Committee, and acting within the 
scope of their official duties on the Committee, shall be covered to the full extent provided 
under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 258, including, the indemnification provision 
contained in M.G.L., Chapter 258, Section 9. 

All Student Grievance Committee members, as well as all others in attendance at a 
student grievance proceeding, shall maintain the confidentiality of the proceedings. The 
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Guidelines For Committee Hearings 

The following guidelines provide the framework for conducting a Student Grievance 
Committee Hearing: 

1 . Prior to the hearing, the newly impaneled Committee shall meet to elect a Committee 
Chairperson. The Chairperson shall be selected by a simple majority vote. 

2. The Chairperson on the Committee shall be responsible for conducting the hearing 
and drafting the decision of the Committee, but shall vote only in the event of a tie. 

3. All hearings shall be closed and deliberations of the Committee shall be confidential 
and conducted in private. 

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party may be accompanied by an advisor at the hearing. The advisor; however, may g 
not participate in the hearing or question witnesses. Either party may at anytime ^ 
during a hearing consult in private with his/her advisor. ^ 

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until they are called to testify. 

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6. The Grievant will address the Committee first. The Grievant will state the nature of ffi 
his/her grievance and may present relevant evidence and/or witnesses in support of 

the grievance. 

7. The Responding Party may respond to the Grievant's complaint and present relevant 
evidence and/or witnesses in opposition to the grievance. 

8. Once the parties have presented their respective positions, the Committee may 
question the parties and/or witnesses. 

9. After the Committee has questioned the parties, each party will be given the 
opportunity to question the other party and their respective witnesses. All questions 
must be directed through the Committee. If the Committee determines that a question 
is relevant to the grievance, the party or witness to whom it is addressed will be asked 
to respond. 

10. Following the parties' questioning of each other, the Committee will have another 
opportunity to question the parties and witnesses. 

11 . Hearings before the Committee shall not be subject to the formal rules of evidence. 
In all cases, the hearing shall be conducted in a fair and impartial manner. 

12. If a party to a grievance fails to appear for a scheduled hearing, the Committee has 
the discretion to proceed with the hearing and issue its findings and 
recommendations in the party's absence. 

13. The decision of the Committee shall be based on the relevant evidence presented at 
the hearing. The decision shall be in writing and include: a list of all documentary 
evidence and witnesses presented; a summary of the testimony offered by both 
parties and their respective witnesses; the findings of the Committee and its 
recommendations. Copies of the decision and recommendations of the Student 
Grievance Committee shall be forwarded by the Student Grievance Officer, to the 
Grievant, the Responding Party, and the President or his/her designee. 



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14. When deciding upon a grievance, the Committee shall consider whether a finding 
against the Responding Party is fundamentally fair and reasonable under the 
circumstances and in accordance with applicable College rules and procedures. 

Withdrawal 

A student may withdraw his/her complaint or grievance at any time. Withdrawal must be 
accomplished in writing or by oral agreement confirmed in writing. 

Reprisals 

No member of the College Community shall retaliate or threaten to retaliate against, 
interfere with, restrain, or coerce any student in the exercise of his/her rights under the 
Student Grievance Procedure or his/her participation in any grievance proceedings. 

Collateral Rights Of Person Grieved By Student 

If the recommendations made at any level of the grievance procedure result in sanctions 
against a College employee, the sanctions shall be regarded as administrative actions 
subject to all conditions of applicable collective bargaining agreements and College or 
Board of Higher Education personnel policies. 

Alternative Forums 

Filing a grievance in accordance with the Student Grievance Procedure in no way 
abrogates a student's right to file a complaint with an appropriate state or federal agency 
or in another forum. 

Hazing 

76 ) Roxbury Community College does not permit hazing at any activity or event associated 
■•■' with the College or at College-recognized clubs and organizations. The Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts prohibits hazing in any form on campuses throughout the Commonwealth. 
Hazing is defined as any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, 
whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical 
or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, 
beating, branding, forced calisthenics and exposure to weather, or forced consumption of 
any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance. Also, hazing includes any other brutal 
treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health 
j or safety of any student or other person or to cause extreme mental stress, including 
extended isolation or deprivation of sleep. The Senate and the House of Representatives 
enacted an act prohibiting the practice of hazing in General Court in 1985. Adding the 
following three sections hereby amends chapter 369 of the General Laws. 

Section 17. Whoever is a principle organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as 
defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more that one thousand dollars or by 
imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one hundred days or by both such 
fine and imprisonment. The term hazing as used in this section and in sections eighteen 
and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, 
whether public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or 
mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, 
beating, branding, forced calisthenics and exposure to the weather, forced consumption of 



any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance. Also, hazing includes any other brutal 
treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health 
or safety of any such student or other person, or cause extreme mental stress, including 
extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation. 

Section 18. Whoever knows that a person is the victim of hazing, as defined in section 
seventeen, and is at the scene of such a crime shall, to the extent that such person can 
do so without danger or peril to himself or other, report such a crime to an appropriate law 
enforcement official as soon as reasonably practical. Whoever fails to report such crime 
will be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars. 

Section 19. Each institution of secondary education and each student group, student 
team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the 
institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the 
institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization, 3 
shall provide a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen provided; 
however, that an institution's compliance with this section's requirements that an institution > 
issue copies of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to unaffiliated student 
groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution's recognition m 
or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations. Each such g 
group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections seventeen | 
and eighteen to each of its members, pledges, or applicants for membership. It shall be r 
the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to f 
deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgement stating that such group, 
team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and 
eighteen, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply 
with the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen. Each secondary 
school and each public or private school or college shall, before the start of enrollment, 
deliver to each person who enrolls as a full-time student in such institution a copy of this 
section and sections seventeen and eighteen. Each secondary school and each public or 
private school or college shall file, at least annually, a report with the regents of higher 
education and in the case of secondary schools, the board of education, certifying that 
such institution has complied with the provisions of this section and also certifying that said 
school has adopted a disciplinary policy with its responsibility to inform student groups, 
teams or organizations and to notify each full-time student enrolled by it of the provisions 
of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen and also certifying that said institution 
has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, 
and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook 
or similar means of communicating the institution's policies to its students. The Board of 
Education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such 
reports and shall forth-with report to the Attorney General any such institution which fails 
to make such a report. 

Should there be any questions concerning the College's Hazing Policy, please contact the 
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Right to Protest 

The Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges adopted the following policy 
on April 11, 1969: 

1 . Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the 
development of students, and the general well being of society. Free inquiry and free 
expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the 
academic community, faculty members, staff and students are encouraged in a 
sustained and independent search for knowledge. 

2. Freedom to teach and freedom to learn depend upon appropriate opportunities and 
conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. The 
responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom 
to learn is shared by all members of the academic community, students, faculty and 
staff members. 

3. Roxbury Community College will respect and will defend the right of its members to 
lawful exercise of free speech and assembly on behalf of causes, whether popular or 
unpopular. These rights are properly exercised only when due regard for the rights of 
others is assured, and actions denying the rights of others to move or speak freely, 
whether or not such interference is their motive, lie outside constitutional guarantees 
and the obligation of the college to defend them. Therefore, if in the judgment of the 
President or his/her designee, persons are attempting to interfere with freedom of 
movement or speech of members or guests of the college community, or the orderly 
operation of the College, the President or his/her designee is authorized to do the 

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a. Advise such person(s) of the impropriety of their activity and request immediate 
desistance from such activity. If such persons fail to desist, call the appropriate 
authority to remove those interfering. 

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committee to any person appealing such suspension. Following such a hearing, 
the committee will make a recommendation to the President. 

d. Any person who involves him/herself in the willful destruction of college or 
personal property will, in addition, be answerable to charges filed with civil 
authorities. 

Policy on Audio/Video Recording in the Classroom 

As part of the education and learning experience, students routinely take notes during 
class lectures. In addition, students and instructors may wish to record lectures and other 
classroom presentations. Lecture notes and recordings involve issues related to the 
intellectual property rights of instructors and the privacy rights of students. To protect these 
rights, Roxbury Community College has adopted the following policy to govern these 
activities in the classroom. 



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Instructors' Intellectual Property Rights 

Individual Roxbury Community College instructors retain intellectual property rights to their 
lecture and class presentations and related material; notes or class materials may not be 
exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation, or for any purpose 
other than study by students enrolled in the class. Unauthorized use of class notes or 
recordings is subject to the federal Copyright Act, the General Laws of Massachusetts, and 
Roxbury Community College policy and may subject an individual to legal proceedings 
brought by the instructor as well as action by the College. 

Note-Taking 

Class notes may be written by students enrolled in a class during lectures or other class 
presentations for purposes of individual or group study. If an enrolled student is absent, 
another enrolled student may take notes to share with the absent student. Students are 
not allowed to distribute lecture notes to any one who is not an enrolled student in the 3 
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Audio and/or Video Recording by Students for Study Purposes 

With the prior permission of the instructor and the consent of other students in attendance, ° 
an enrolled student may make an audio recording of the lecture or class presentations only 
for the purposes of individual or group study with other students enrolled in the same 
class. Students must obtain prior permission from the instructor each time they wish to % 
make a recording. The instructor must assure that each student attending the class on that 
occasion is aware of the recording and has agreed to be recorded. Student-initiated video % 

recording and use of any other electronic means of capturing or transmitting class 

presentations or lectures for note taking purposes is not permitted in classes. [' 79 

Third-Party Note-Taking and Recording 

No third party will be allowed to attend classes on behalf of an enrolled student, with the 
exception of those authorized through the Special Needs Coordinator on behalf of an 
enrolled disabled student. 

Recording by Instructors to Meet Course Learning Objectives 

Instructors may make audio or video recordings of presentations for instructional purposes 
related to that course at Roxbury Community College. Subsequent use of the recording 
requires the written permission of everyone captured in the recording. The recordings may 
not be shown or distributed to any other individual or group without the express written 
permission of every person recorded in that class. 

Smoking 

In compliance with Federal and State Laws governing the use of tobacco products in 
public buildings, Roxbury Community College maintains a smoke free-policy. Smoking is 
strictly prohibited in the buildings. 




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Tips for Students 



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Managing Your Day 

The Assignment Calendar located on page 87 will help you keep track of your assignments 
and organize daily activities. The calendar also includes important dates from the 
Academic Calendar you need to remember. Please use this calendar to assist you in 
successfully managing your academic experience at Roxbury Community College. 

In class: 

1. Record all homework tasks on the day they are assigned; make sure to include the 
due date. 

2. Write down tests and long-term projects, such as essays, on the day they are 
assigned and their due dates. A reminder of approaching deadlines is also a good 
idea. 

3. Record assignment/test results on your record of achievement pages. This will help 
you determine which of your subjects require improvement and extra study time. 

4. Record upcoming events that you plan to attend. 

5. Use the long-term assignment space to record details about projects and 
assignments that need to be broken up into smaller parts. 

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After class/At home: 

1 . Arrange your work in order of priority. 

2. Commit yourself to a schedule and stick to it. Remember the goals that you have set 
for yourself. 

3. Schedule your time in half-hour blocks. Plan to spend more time on the subjects that 
require improvement. 

4. Allow yourself time to review your work two or three days before a test or a quiz. 

5. Remember to schedule time to address long-term projects. Record this in the long- 
term assignment space on your monthly pages. 

6. Take time for review of assignments/tests returned by your teacher. 

7. Transfer all unfinished tasks to a future date. 

8. Check off assignments that you have completed or transferred. 

9. Review your weekly schedule regularly and adjust it as required. 

Long-Term Planning - Plan Ahead 

The long-term assignment section on each monthly page allows you to record projects and 
to break them up into smaller steps. Very often the larger tasks may appear intimidating 
because there is so much to be done. When you take it one step at a time and have a clear 
idea of where you want to be at each stage of the project, the project can be completed 
with greater peace of mind. 

Here are some long-term project planning tips: 

1. Find out exactly what is expected. (81 

2. Collect research materials. Whenever you take notes, first write down all of the 
source information you'll need for your bibliography. 

3. Organize your project into smaller units, and decide by which date you can 
realistically complete each section. 

4. Ask for initial comments from your teacher (if allowed) to check whether you are 
making satisfactory progress. 

Managing Your Tasks 

1. Prepare a schedule that clearly indicates when you will study and when you will be 
occupied with other regular commitments or recreational activities. 

2. Reflect regularly on your use of time; set priorities for your work. 

3. Adjust your schedule until it is just right for a particular semester or school year. 
Setting unrealistic goals will only discourage you. 

4. Divide lengthy or challenging assignments into short, manageable units. 

5. Take a short break or reward yourself after completing a unit; this will help you 
concentrate better on the next task. 

6. If certain facts or details must be memorized, do not try to memorize all of them at 
once. 

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1. Listen. 

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5. Use the 5 W's and 1 H to assist in understanding \ re P eated stud y P enods / 
the material presented in class: What? Why? \ work better than one 
When? Where? Who? How? \ lon 9 cram session. / 

6. Be alert for the speaker's feelings and style. 

Taking notes 

1 . Do not write everything down. 

2. Write down important ideas and supporting facts. 

3. Use your own words, not your teacher's. 

4. Learn different note taking methods (i.e. mapping, outlining). 

5. Keep notes organized by dating and numbering pages. 

6. Keep all notes for class in one place. 

7. Quickly review what you're learning in each class daily and weekly. 

8. Summarize important chapters, lectures, or discussions. Just 

' . doing this will help you retain the information. ,-'"" flP~~~^> 

• ■"' 9. Apply what you're learning as soon as possible. / When you take \ 

10. Study with friends if you can stay on topic. / notes, immediately jot \ 

, / down the title of the work, 

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answer your peers questions. , the da(e pub|jshed Thjs sgves 

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z 1. Work in the same place as much as possible. 

! 2. Keep your workplace clean and uncluttered. 

3. Make sure you have good lighting to try to avoid tired eyes and drowsiness. 

4. Use a firm, straight chair. 

5. Don't do homework in front of the TV! 

6. Create the best work environment and stick to it. For example, quiet music may help 
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Test Taking Skills 

1 . Find out what kind of test will be assigned (i.e. multiple choice, essay-type). 

2. Avoid cramming. ,. ,„ 

3. Set up a study schedule to review everything well before / 

the test. Use your agenda to keep track. 7, THUM ° : 

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4. Write down likely questions and answer them. prepared you ' 

5. Get enough rest the night before the exam. \ experience less 

6. Wear comfortable clothing. ^ stress - ,''' 

7. Take all the necessary tools: pens, pencils, calculators, high- 
lighter, etc. 

8. Don't start writing as soon as you get the test. First, skim the exam to make sure you 
have the complete test, and then read the instructions. 

9. High-light key words like discuss, compare, and list. 

10. Quickly estimate how much time you have to answer questions. 

11. Answer easier questions first to be sure you understand exactly what is being asked. 

12. Read questions several times to be sure you understand exactly what is being asked, h 

13. Never rush through questions in a panic. Be calm and pace yourself. 

14. Try to leave some time before the test is over to review and correct errors. 

15. If you run out of time on a certain question, leave some room to return to it for 
completion later. 

Test Taking Strategies 

Multiple Choice Exams 

1 . Don't guess unless there is no penalty for wrong answers. 

2. Before looking at the possible answers, try to form the y"' tip ~"^ 
answer in your mind. / NeveMeavea \ 

3. Don't change an answer that came to your mind first / True/False question \ 
unless you're absolutely sure it's wrong. ! unanswered. Guess if \ 

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Essay Questions \ wr0 ng answers. / 

Always write answers in paragraph form unless a list is \ 

specifically asked for. Use the following process for developing v "-- --"' 

your essay: 

1. Make a rough outline. 

2. Begin with a topic sentence that includes the key words of the question. 

3. Support your position with specific examples and detailed information. 

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Writing Resource Guide 

Faculty, staff, and support services are available to assist in strengthening your writing 
skills. Writing is an essential tool for communication that should be honed in all of your 
courses. The following are some guidelines for writing dynamic, coherent, and interesting 
essays and research papers. 

Choose your topic 

What are you going to write about? Sometimes the topic is determined for you. If not, write 
about something that interests you. 

Narrow your topic 

After you know your topic, narrow it to a manageable size. 

Example: Large mammals 

1 . Large Mammals of North America 

2. North America Black Bears 

a. Habitat of North America Black Bears. 

b. Focus your writing on a main idea or argument. 

c. Develop a thesis statement that briefly expresses your point of view. 

Example: The natural habitat of North American black bears Is diminishing at an alarming 
rate due to urban development. 

d. Determine your writing strategy. What is the purpose of your writing? You can 
84 ) write to inform, to persuade, entertain, or to instruct. Deciding what the purpose 

of your writing is will give insight into how to write. If you are writing to persuade, 
you might include examples that prove or give support to your claim. 

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e. Who is your intended audience? You write differently depending on audience 
you are addressing (i.e. friend vs. employer). 

f. Adjust your style and language for each audience, 
h. If you want to persuade, know your audience's position/beliefs, 
i. What point of view will you use? Generally, pick a point of view and stick to it. 

Non-fiction: You can write with your own voice or without: 

With: Based on this evidence, I conclude... 

Without: Based on this evidence, it is possible to conclude... 

Fiction: You can write in either the first person or the third person: 

First: I walked down the street 

Third: She walked down the street 

k. What form will you give your writing? Different forms have different requirements 
(i.e. essay, book review). 

I. Ask your teacher what form (or genre) you should write in. What information do 
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1. Research your topic thoroughly. Start with general encyclopedias and information 
available on CD-ROM's to get a broad overview of the topic. 

2. Take notes as you go. 

3. Write down relevant information. Don't write down everything. Taking too many notes 
just drowns you in information and makes it harder for you to write a coherent paper 
that reflects relevant information. 

4. Form general ideas about your topic. Use those ideas to develop an outline of your 
paper. 

5. Write down each main idea, then organize them. Make sure they all fit in place. 

Writing Strategies 

Finally, it's time for the real work. 

Write your first draft. 

1. Begin with a brief, interesting introduction. 

2. Generally, include your thesis statement in the first paragraph. 

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Make sure each paragraph transitions smoothly to the next paragraph. 

Revise your draft. 

1 . Read it slowly out loud. Be sure to listen for awkward words/sentences. 

2. Proofread for spelling and grammatical errors. 

3. Remove redundant phrases (repetitive language). 

4. Make sure the sentences have enough variety to keep readers interested. 

Write the final draft - Make it look good. 

Document all sources of information and ideas. Failure to do so may be deemed as 
plagiarism by your instructor. 

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Monday 

24 



Tuesday 

25 



Christmas Day - College closed 



104 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 

Q 



Wednesday 

26 

Thursday 

27 

Friday 

28 

Saturday 

29 

Sunday 

30 



December 2012 - January 2013 



Monday 

31 



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CO 
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> 

73 



O 
m 

CO 

m 
70 



> 

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New Year's Day - College closed 



Tuesday 

1 



Wednesday 

2 

Thursday 

3 

Friday 

4 

Saturday 

5 

Sunday 



6 



105; 





January 2013 




Monday 




^m 




7 








Tuesday 




f% 




8 








Wednesday 




A 




9 








Thursday 


Professional days for advising 




A t\ 


106; 


10 


CO 




O 
CM 
CM 


Friday 


Professional days for advising 


CM 

O 


A A 


o 

CO 
Q 


11 


< 




Z 
lil 
Q 

Z> 
I- 


Saturday 


C/3 


A i\ 




12 








Sunday 




^1 f\ 




13 







January 2013 


Faculty I institute/ All College Meeting 


Monday 


M M 


14 




First day of classes - day and evening 


Tuesday 


A f" 


15 




Wednesday 


A A 


16 




Thursday 


a w 


17 




Friday 


,j #% 


18 




Saturday 


A t\ 


19 




Sunday 


#% 0^ 




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> 



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> 



> 

73 



C 
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107 



January 2013 



Monday 

21 



Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - College closed 



Tuesday 

22 



108 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 

Q 



Wednesday 

23 

Thursday 

24 

Friday 

25 

Saturday 

26 

Sunday 

27 



Add deadline 



Drop deadline 



January - February 2013 



Monday 

28 



> 

CO 

CD 



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> 



> 

33 



C 
> 



m 

CO 
33 

c 
> 

33 
< 



109 



Tuesday 

29 



Wednesday 

30 

Thursday 

31 

Friday 

1 

Saturday 

2 

Sunday 



3 



February 2013 



Monday 

4 



Tuesday 

5 



110 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 

Q 

Z) 



Wednesday 

6 

Thursday 

7 

Friday 

8 

Saturday 

9 

Sunday 

10 



February 2013 



Spring Access begins (Spring Access ends May 2) 



Monday 

11 



Tuesday 

12 



> 

en 

CO 

CD 



O 
> 



> 

73 



m 

CO 

73 
c 
> 

73 
< 



111 



Wednesday 

13 



Valentine's Day 



Thursday 

14 

Friday 

15 

Saturday 

16 

Sunday 

17 



February 2013 



Monday 

18 



Washington's Birthday Holiday - College closed 



Tuesday 

19 



112 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 

Q 



Wednesday 

20 

Thursday 

21 

Friday 

22 

Saturday 

23 

Sunday 

24 



February - March 2013 



Monday 

25 



Tuesday 

26 



> 

o 



o 
> 



> 

73 



CO 

c 
> 

73 
< 



> 

73 

o 



113 



Wednesday 

27 

Thursday 

28 

Friday 

1 

Saturday 

2 

Sunday 



3 





March 2013 




Monday 


Mid-term exams 




M 




4 








Tuesday 


Mid-term exams 




am 




5 








Wednesday 


Mid-term exams 




/% 




6 








Thursday 


Mid-term exams 




m 


114; 


7 


CO 




O 
CM 
CM 


Friday 


Mid-term exams 


CM 

o 


#% 


o 

CO 
Q 


8 


< 




Z 
lil 
Q 

Z> 
I- 


Saturday 


Mid-term exams 


C/3 


/N 




9 








Sunday 


Daylight Saving Time starts 




A /> 




10 







March 2013 


Monday 


A M 


11 




Application deadline for May 2013 Graduation 


Tuesday 


A *\ 


12 




Wednesday 






10 




Thursday 


Jk M 


14 




Mid-term grades due 


Friday 


A am 


15 




Saturday 


A /* 


16 




Sunday 


A mm 




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> 



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> 



> 

73 



> 

73 

o 



115; 





March 2013 




Monday 


Spring Break 




.A t\ 




18 








Tuesday 


Spring Break 




jk t\ 




19 








Wednesday 


Spring Break 




AA 




20 








Thursday 


Spring Break 




#\ ^ 


116; 


21 


CO 




O 
CM 
CM 


Friday 


Spring Break 


CM 

o 


#%#% 


o 

CO 
Q 


22 


< 




Z 
lil 
Q 

Z> 
I- 


Saturday 


Spring Break 


C/3 


f\*\ 




23 








Sunday 




/\ A 




24 









March 2013 



Monday 

25 



Tuesday 

26 



> 



o 
> 



> 

71 



73 

o 



117 



Wednesday 

27 

Thursday 

28 

Friday 

29 

Saturday 

30 

Sunday 

31 



April 2013 



Monday 

1 



Withdrawal deadline 



Tuesday 

2 



118 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 
Q 

Z) 



Wednesday 

3 

Thursday 

4 

Friday 

5 

Saturday 

6 

Sunday 

7 



April 2013 



Monday 

8 

Tuesday 

9 

Wednesday 

10 

Thursday 

11 

Friday 

12 

Saturday 

13 

Sunday 

14 



> 

a 



a 
> 



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> 

73 

> 
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73 



119; 





April 2013 




Monday 


Patriot's Day Holiday - College closed 




a m 




15 








Tuesday 




jk f\ 




16 








Wednesday 




A ^ 




17 








Thursday 




^ #% 


120; 


18 


CO 




O 
CM 
CM 


Friday 


CM 

o 


>J 4\. 


o 

CO 
Q 


19 


< 




Z 
lil 
Q 

Z> 
I- 


Saturday 


C/3 


AA 




20 








Sunday 




<r\ a 




21 









April 2013 


Pre-registration for summer and fall semester 


Monday 


#%#% 


22 




Pre-registration for summer and fall semester 


Tuesday 


AA 


23 




Pre-registration for summer and fall semester 


Wednesday 




24 




Pre-registration for summer and fall semester 


Thursday 


#% #■ 


25 




Pre-registration for summer and fall semester 


Friday 


#% 4% 


26 




Saturday 


O^ 


27 




Sunday 


#% #% 




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> 

a 



a 
> 



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> 

73 
> 
73 



121 



April ■ May 2013 



Monday 

29 



Tuesday 

30 



Wednesday 



1 



122 



Thursday 

2 



Spring Access ends 
Last day of classes - day and evening 



o 
o 

CO 

Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 

Q 

Z) 



Friday 

3 



Reading day 



Saturday 

4 

Sunday 

5 



Final Exam period 



May 2013 


Final Exam period 


Monday 


/% 


6 




Final Exam period 


Tuesday 


^ 


7 




Final Exam period 


Wednesday 


o 


8 




Final Exam period 


Thursday 


/% 


9 




Friday 


,j #t 


10 




Saturday 


>fl «l 


11 




Sunday 


A #% 




M 



> 

CO 

CO 



o 
> 



> 

73 

> 
33 



123 



May 2013 



Monday 

13 



Tuesday 

14 



Wednesday 

15 



124 



Thursday 

16 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 
Q 

Z) 



Friday 

17 

Saturday 

18 

Sunday 

19 



Commencement 



May 2013 


Monday 


#%#% 


20 




Faculty Professional Days 


Tuesday 


^A 


21 




Faculty Professional Days 


Wednesday 


LL 




Thursday 


t\*\ 


23 




Friday 


#% j 


24 




Saturday 


^r 


25 




Sunday 


#% #% 




Zt> 



> 

CO 

o 



o 
> 



> 

33 



125; 





May - June 2013 




Monday 


Memorial Day - College closed 




0\^9 




27 








Tuesday 


Summer Session I classes begin 




#\/\ 




28 








Wednesday 




AA 




29 








Thursday 




0\ t\ 


126; 


30 


CO 




O 
CM 
CM 


Friday 


CM 

o 


#% ^ 


o 

CO 
Q 


31 


< 




Z 
lil 
Q 

Z> 
I- 


Saturday 


C/3 


A 




1 








Sunday 




f\ 




2 









June 2013 



Monday 

3 

Tuesday 

4 

Wednesday 

5 



> 



o 
> 



> 

73 



C 

m 



127 



Thursday 

6 



Monday classes held to make up for Memorial Day 



Friday 

7 

Saturday 

8 

Sunday 

9 



128 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 
Q 

Z) 



June 2013 



Monday 

10 

Tuesday 

11 

Wednesday 

12 

Thursday 

13 

Friday 

14 

Saturday 

15 

Sunday 

16 



June 2013 



Monday 

17 

Tuesday 

18 

Wednesday 

19 

Thursday 

20 

Friday 

21 

Saturday 

22 

Sunday 

23 



> 

O 



a 
> 



a 
> 

73 



129 



June - July 2013 



Monday 

24 



Tuesday 

25 



Wednesday 

26 



130 



Thursday 

27 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 
Q 

Z) 



Friday 

28 

Saturday 

29 

Sunday 

30 



Summer Session I classes end 



July 2013 


Classes are not in session - College open 


Monday 


A 


1 




Classes are not in session - College open 


Tuesday 


r\ 


2 




Classes are not in session - College open 


Wednesday 


6 




Independence Day Holiday - College closed 


Thursday 


M 


4 




Classes are not in session - College open 


Friday 


■■ 


5 




Saturday 


g\ 


6 




Sunday 


v 


7 





> 



o 
> 



> 



C 

-z. 
m 



5 



131 





July 2013 




Monday 


Summer Session II classes begin 




f% 




8 








Tuesday 




#% 




9 








Wednesday 




<4 A 




10 








Thursday 




,j ^i 


132; 


11 


CO 




O 
CSI 
C\l 


Friday 


CM 

o 


>j #% 


o 

CO 
Q 


12 


< 




Z 
lil 
Q 

Z> 
I- 


Saturday 


C/3 


A A 




13 








Sunday 




A A 




14 









July 2013 



Monday 

15 

Tuesday 

16 

Wednesday 

17 

Thursday 

18 

Friday 

19 

Saturday 

20 



> 



o 
> 



> 

73 



C 
5 



133 



Sunday 

21 



July 2013 



Monday 

22 



Tuesday 

23 



Wednesday 

24 



134 



Thursday 

25 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

Z 
< 
X 



LU 

Q 



Friday 

26 



Saturday 

27 



Sunday 

28 



July - August 2013 



Monday 

29 



Tuesday 

30 



> 

en 
w 

a 



o 
> 



> 

73 



> 

C 

o 
c 



Wednesday 

31 

Thursday 

1 

Friday 

2 

Saturday 

3 



135; 



Sunday 



4 





August 2013 




Monday 




■■ 




5 








Tuesday 




4% 




6 








Wednesday 




^ 




7 








Thursday 


Eid Al Fitr (Celebrating the Fast) 




#\ 


136; 


8 


CO 




O 
CM 
CM 


Friday 


Summer Session II classes end 


CM 

o 


*\ 


o 

CO 
Q 


9 


< 




Z 
lil 
Q 

Z> 
I- 


Saturday 


C/3 


>l A 




10 








Sunday 




A A 




11 









August 2013 



Monday 

12 

Tuesday 

13 

Wednesday 

14 

Thursday 

15 

Friday 

16 

Saturday 

17 

Sunday 

18 



> 

en 



n 
> 



> 

73 

> 

C 

o 

c 



137 



138 



o 
o 

CO 
Q 

z 
< 

X 



LU 

Q 



August 2013 



Monday 

19 

Tuesday 

20 

Wednesday 

21 

Thursday 

22 

Friday 

23 

Saturday 

24 

Sunday 



25 



August - September 2013 



Monday 

26 



> 



o 

> 



> 

73 

> 
C 

o 

c 



Tuesday 

27 



Wednesday 

28 

Thursday 

29 

Friday 

30 

Saturday 

31 



139 



Sunday 



1 



September 2013 



Monday 

2 



Labor Day - College Closed 



Tuesday 

3 



Faculty Institute/All-College meeting 



140 



o 
o 

CO 

Q 
z 
< 

X 



LU 

Q 

Z) 



Wednesday 

4 

Thursday 

5 

Friday 

6 

Saturday 

7 

Sunday 

9 



First day of classes - day and evening 



Roxbury Community College Campus Map 




Notes 



142 



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o 

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Q 

-z. 

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I 



UJ 
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143 



Notes 



144 



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UJ 
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Notes 



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145 



Notes 



146 



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o 

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Q 

-z. 

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I 



UJ 
Q 



Notes 



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147 



Notes 



148 



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o 

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< 

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